By Charles E. Orser Jr
The Encyclopedia of Historical Archaeology is a ground-breaking compendium of information about the ever-growing field of historical archaeology. Historical archaeology is an inherently interesting field because it can be defined in two, distinct ways. It can be defined as the archaeological investigation of any past culture that has developed a literate tradition; or it can be viewed as the study of the "modern world", the historical and cultural conditions that have shaped our world since the 1400s. The Encyclopedia bridges these two definitions by concentrating on the post-1400 period, while at the same time including references to the more generic meaning of historical archaeology where needed. A team of over 120 experts from around the world have come together to produce a volume that contains more than 370 entries covering archaeological concepts and important sites. Entries range from 150 words for simple definitions and site identifications, to 2000 word entries for the most complex theoretical concepts.