The Routledge Handbook of Global Historical Archaeology is a multi-authored compendium of articles on specific topics of interest to today’s historical archaeologists, offering perspectives on the current state of research and collectively outlining future directions for the field.

The broad range of topics covered in this volume allows for specificity within individual chapters, while building to a cumulative overview of the field of historical archaeology as it stands, and where it could go next. Archaeological research is discussed in the context of current sociological concerns, different approaches and techniques are assessed, and potential advances are posited. This is a comprehensive treatment of the sub-discipline, engaging key contemporary debates, and providing a series of specially-commissioned geographical overviews to complement the more theoretical explorations.

This book is designed to offer a starting point for students who may wish to pursue particular topics in more depth, as well as for non-archaeologists who have an interest in historical archaeology. Archaeologists, historians, preservationists, and all scholars interested in the role historical archaeology plays in illuminating daily life during the past five centuries will find this volume engaging and enlightening.

part 1|28 pages

Historical development

part 2|208 pages

Core issues and topics

chapter 3|20 pages

Colonialism in historical archaeology

A review of issues and perspectives

chapter 5|15 pages


chapter 6|22 pages

Intersectionality, queer archaeology, and sexual effects

Recent advances in the archaeology of sexualities

chapter 7|16 pages

Capitalism and globalization

chapter 8|17 pages

Enslavement and emancipation

chapter 11|23 pages

Conflict archaeology

chapter 12|16 pages

Contemporary archaeology

part 3|173 pages

Theoretical approaches

chapter 14|15 pages


Senses and affects in historical archaeology

chapter 16|9 pages

Critical theory

chapter 22|36 pages

Socio-economics and inequality in a comparative perspective

Possibilities and problems in the mode of production approach

part 4|215 pages


chapter 24|15 pages

Analyzing historical artefacts

Progress and challenges

chapter 25|20 pages

“A distinction without a difference” at the Juh–Cushing battle site

Primary narrative texts in historical inquiry

chapter 26|18 pages

Oral history

chapter 28|19 pages

Archaeology of architecture

Buildings archaeology

chapter 29|17 pages

Landscape analysis

chapter 32|24 pages

Faunistic analysis: emphasis on the southern hemisphere

Why do bones matter? Discussing new contributions in historical zooarchaeology

chapter 33|18 pages

Floral analysis

Impacts and innovations in historical paleoethnobotany

part 5|290 pages

Regional overviews

chapter 34|21 pages

The everyday and the longue durée

Trans-historical archaeologies of Western Africa

chapter 35|21 pages

Colonies, missions, violence and trade

The historical archaeology of Northeast Africa

chapter 37|14 pages

East and Southeast Asia at the age of contact

Post-1500 archaeology of Asia

chapter 38|19 pages


chapter 41|18 pages

Historical archaeology in Europe

chapter 42|30 pages

Regional overview

UK and Ireland

chapter 43|23 pages

Recasting mobility and movement in Eastern North America

A fisheries perspective

chapter 44|43 pages

Repercussions of rapid colonization

Archaeological insights from the North American West

chapter 45|21 pages

Maritime archaeology