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Beneath the Ivory TowerThe Archaeology of Academia$
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Russell K. Skowronek and Kenneth E. Lewis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034225

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034225.001.0001

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Function, Circumstance, and the Archaeological Record

Function, Circumstance, and the Archaeological Record

The Elusive Past at Saints’ Rest

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One of the principal goals of the Saints' Rest archaeological work, conducted as a field school by the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University in the summer of 2005, was to investigate the building's function. This task seemed relatively unambiguous. This past residence hall had modern counterparts that could surely provide analogies useful in interpreting the past lifeways. However, one had to be careful in making comparisons over a century in which many things had changed. This chapter examines the building at the scale of both the larger community of which it was a part and the members of this institutional household. This helps in drawing analogies to discern the nature and distribution of boarding-hall activities in the archaeological record.

Keywords:   Saints' Rest, field school, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, lifeways, boarding-hall activities, archaeological record

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