Mission Archaeology in North America
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.
The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology
Panich, Lee M. (2014). Mission Archaeology in North America. In The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith, pp. 4955-4960. Springer, New York.