Title

Mission Archaeology in North America

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Springer

Abstract

Religious missions have played an important role in colonial programs across the globe, and in North America, they were one of the most intense forms of colonialism encountered by indigenous peoples. The archaeological study of missions has followed the same developmental trajectory of historical archaeological research more generally: from particularistic studies focused on restoration of historic sites, to laboratories for building broad cross-cultural generalizations about culture change, to research that furthers our understanding of resistance, cultural hybridity, and human agency.

Chapter of

The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

Editor

Claire Smith