The following books each offer examples and descriptions of historical archaeology. They have all been written with the non-professional in mind, and should be available through most major book retailers.
1993, Flowerdew Hundred: The Archaeology of a Virginia Plantation, 1619-1864. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.
1996, In Small Things Forgotten: An Archeology of Early American Life. New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday.
Delgado, James P., ed.
1997, Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology. London: British Museum Press.
Falk, Lisa, ed.
1991, Historical Archaeology in Global Perspective. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
1992, Uncommon Ground: Archaeology and Early African America, 1650-1800. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
1993, Housing Culture: Traditional Architecture in an English Landscape. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.
Layton, Thomas N.
1997, The Voyage of the Frolic: New England Merchants and the Opium Trade. Stanford University Press.
Noël Hume, Ivor
1982, Martin’s Hundred. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Pounds, Norman J. G.
1989, Hearth & Home: A History of Material Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Rathje, William L. and Cullen Murphy.
1992, Rubbish: The Archaeology of Garbage. New York: Harper Collins Publisher.
Samford, Particia and David L. Ribblett.
1995, Archaeology for Young Explorers. Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg foundation.
1995, Digging Through Darkness: Chronicles of an Archaeologist. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.
Scott, Elizabeth M., ed.
1994, Those of Little Note: Gender, Race, and Class in Historical Archaeology. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Spector, Janet D.
1993, What This Awl Means: Feminist Archaeology at a Wahpeton Dakota Village. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press.
Yentsch, Anne Elizabeth
1994, A Chesapeake Family and Their Slaves: A Study in Historical Archaeology. New York: Cambridge University Press.