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SHA Particular Publication and Writer Perspective


November 4, 2021

Submitted by Mary L. Maniery

PAR Environmental Providers, Inc., President

SHA Co-Publications Affiliate

In March 2018, the SHA started a weblog for the Society webpage to spotlight our publications and our collaboration with numerous presses. Whereas our co-publication program and partnerships with Springer, College of Nebraska Press, and College of Florida Press expands our membership’s publication alternatives, the SHA has additionally continued to publish works independently by way of Amazon as Particular Publications. SHA members can order “Artifacts that Enlighten” for $24.00.

If you’re thinking about contributing to a joint SHA revealed quantity, please contact SHA’s Co-Publications Editor, Ben Ford (


Artifacts that Enlighten: The Atypical and the Sudden (2020)

Linda Stone, Barbara J. Heath, and Patricia M. Samford, editors

Variety of pages: 85

Society for Historic Archaeology Particular Publications

Many of the artifacts archaeologists uncover are utilitarian and mundane. Nevertheless, artifacts are typically recovered that present a shocking narrative or current an interpretive conundrum. The articles on this quantity share eleven tales of artifacts that enlighten, presenting artifacts of various varieties, locales, and durations with partaking tales that illuminate the methods through which historic archaeologists encounter and interpret the previous by way of materials issues.


MM: What are a few of your motivations for writing/spearheading this e-book?

Linda S: The amount was primarily based on a well-liked 3-minute format convention session. Each attendees and presenters have been passionate about persevering with the dialog. That enthusiasm snowballed into this e-book.

MM:  Who would you prefer to learn this e-book? Who’s your viewers?

Linda S: The e-book was written for each skilled and lay audiences. Every chapter is brief and incorporates many photographs, as have been the 3-minute convention papers.

Barbara H.: I agree with Linda’s solutions. I’d add that the e-book can be a helpful reader for undergraduate archaeology college students, and possibly college students in museum research or different object-oriented disciplines.

MM:  Now that you’ve got revealed this e-book, what sorts of issues are you dreaming up subsequent? What’s within the works?

Linda S:  I’ve bought no plans to publish something, however am at all times feverishly engaged on grey literature/CRM studies. I’m persevering with to do area work on Governors Island and looking out for any kiln waste, the topic of my chapter.  Ought to I’ve updates to the chapter, I might count on to share that info, both in a presentation, posting, or article.

Barbara H: I’ve bought two books within the works, one an edited quantity on the archaeology of the Potomac River Valley ca. 1550-1720, and the opposite a co-authored e-book on the identical area and basic time interval. I’m additionally hoping to put in writing a e-book about using cowrie shells in North America, however nonetheless want to complete up some analysis on that one.

Patricia S:  I’m at the moment within the closing enhancing phases of a co-authored e-book on the archaeology of Baltimore and to start with phases of a co-authored quantity on the archaeology of the Chesapeake.


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