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Abandoned Burial Grounds

The SHA has created this page to share information about abandoned burial grounds with the public.  This page provides resources that can be used in learning how to identify an abandoned burial ground, how to record a burial ground, and what the laws are in your area for burial grounds and cemetery protection.  This web section contains information on burial ground Identification, Recording, Laws and Regulations, and Resources.  

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Research Tools

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum has developed web pages designed to make archaeological data easily available to researchers and the public.  There are five different web sources available, ranging from artifact identification tools to artifact and paleobotanical databases.  A short description and links are provided for each of these web resources.  Also included is a link to the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum searchable library catalog and information on accessing archaeological collections curated at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab.

Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) Chinese Material Culture Collection

The Chinese Material Culture Collection contains images of a variety of artifacts commonly found on archaeological sites and in museums documenting the Chinese migrant diaspora from the mid-19th through the early 20th century. The assemblage highlights artifacts from Chinese communities in Oregon and California in an effort to promote education and greater understanding of the role Chinese migrants played in the settlement and development of the American West.

For more than 50 years archaeologists have been working on sites associated with Chinese participation in the gold fields, railroad construction and maintenance, agriculture, logging industry, fisheries and canneries, and urban settlements. This collection was created as a means to standardize terminology, aid in artifact identification, and provide accurate information about the manufacture and function of a variety of everyday items used in early Chinese communities in the West.

Interpreting Overseas Chinese Ceramics

Archaeologists have not studied Chinese-produced ceramics from historic sites with the same fine-grained contextual analysis and interpretation that is often given to European-produced ceramics recovered from the same period and even the same sites. This is largely due to the fact that North American historical archaeologists have not sought out Chinese ceramic experts or Chinese written sources, nor have they visited historical sites of pottery production in Southern China.In this article, the author presents information on ceramics that are commonly found in nearly all sites associated with 19th century Chinese immigrants, drawing from his life experience, research, and travel to pottery producing regions and ceramic museums in South China, as well as personal interviews with ceramic experts in China.

Artifact Cataloging System

This is a cooperative effort intended to provide users with an artifact catalog system suitable for mid 19th to early 20th century archaeological sites. SHARD is a cataloging system and relational database built on MS Office Access. It comes complete with a How-to Manual and example tables.

Common 20th Century Artifacts – A Guide to Dating

Historical archeologists and others trying to date historical sites by means of the artifacts found on them are increasingly interested in common items manufactured during the lifetimes of people still living. This dating guide is intended to provide a simple source for the most common artifacts found in archeological or historic contexts.

Conservation FAQs and Facts

This module is intended both to provide answers to commonly asked questions and to serve as a resource kit. It was created in response to queries received from archaeologists.

Curation Standards

Standards and guidelines developed by The Society for Historical Archaeology with the explicit goals of permitting the long-term preservation of archaeological collections and maintaining their research and public education values.

Historic Bottle Identification

This is a cooperative effort intended to provide users with a practical tool for historic bottle identification.

Jim Rock Historic Can Collection

This Jim Rock Historic Can Collection contains images and information about the assemblage of historic cans assembled by Jim Rock (1942-2010) over his career, as well as pdfs of his related publications. The collection was digitized as part of a collaboration between the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology and Hannon Library.

Parks Canada Resources

This is a cooperative effort intended to provide users with a series of useful Parks Canada publications. Parks Canada retains copyright of its publications, and they are made available here, courtesy of Parks Canada.

Newsletter Articles

These articles are excerpted from the SHA’s quarterly newsletter. They provide a venue for sharing methods and results of historical archaeological projects.

Online Bibliographies

Bibliographies provide an excellent way of organizing previous research, and assist researchers in locating sometimes hard-to-find references.

Electrical Porcelain Resource by Jack Tod

Jack Tod produced several excellent illustrated texts on Electrical Porcelain, and thanks to one of Mr. Tod’s longtime friends, Elton Gish, the SHA is pleased to announce that some of his works are available online to aid researchers and enthusiasts alike.

Transferware Collectors Club (TCC)

The Transferware Collectors Club is a tremendous resource for archaeologists and historians to identify 19th and 20th century pottery, including free online articles regarding manufactures, motifs, museum displays and a number of other topics. Access the free eBook online, “Queensware Direct from the Potteries U.S. Importers of Staffordshire Ceramics in Antebellum America, 1820-1860” by John A. Walthall formerly of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Staffordshire_ceramic_importers-ISAS (PDF)

Online NSW Archaeology Grey-Literature Database

NSW Archaeology On-Line is a sustainable digital archive of information about the archaeology and heritage of important cultural places in New South Wales. Stage 1 of the project makes a collection of previously unpublished ‘grey-literature’ reports discoverable, searchable and publicly accessible on-line for the first time. Most reports were created before mid-late 1990s in hard-copy format only. They document archaeological field survey, excavation and heritage assessment projects conducted under the NSW Heritage Act and are an important resource for research, education, heritage interpretation and management. Presentation of the archive is a partnership between University of Sydney Library and the Archaeology of Sydney Research Group. The University of Sydney Library provides access to the collection. Stage 1 was funded by a NSW Heritage Grant 2009-11.

Perspectives from Historical Archaeology: Subject and Regional Readers in Historical Archaeology

Perspectives from Historical Archaeology are subject and regional readers on a variety of topics of interest to archaeologists and scholars in related fields. Each volume includes an introduction by the compiler with reviews historical archaeology’s work on the topic. Perspectives issues are available in both perfect bound and pdf formats.  The first of the new Perspectives Series of Readers is African Diaspora Archaeology, compiled by Chris Fennell.  To purchase readers from the Perspectives Series, click here.

The Society for Historical Archaeology Forum on Collections Management

Collections management forum.  Resources about handling of collections and issues of the curation crisis, click here.

Be sure to visit the SHA Publications pages, too.

For additional research resources that have been peer-reviewed and copy edited to SHA style, please visit the Publications pages and view the options available under SHA Online, including past SHA Journal articles, Guides to Literature, Special Publications, and Underwater Archaeology Proceedings. In addition, please see the Technical Briefs on the Publications pages. Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology is an electronic peer-reviewed publication series devoted to the fast dissemination of shorter specialized technical papers in historical archaeology, maritime archaeology, material culture technology and materials conservation. Book reviews published in Historical Archaeology are posted on the SHA website.