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- Department of Anthropology
- M.A. Program in Historical Archaeology
- Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School (forthcoming - but see here)
- The Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research
- University of Massachusetts, Boston


Below are select recent publications, many of which have a downloadable PDF version. Please follow full CV link at left for more information about all publications as well as research, teaching, and service. Or, visit my personal page at Academia.edu.

Select Publications

Silliman, Stephen W.
2018 Engaging Archaeology: 25 Case Studies in Research Practice. London: Wiley Blackwell. (Excerpt - Chapter 1)
2018 Rooting in New England: Archaeologies of colonialism, community, and collaboration.. In Engaging Archaeology: 25 Case Studies in Research Practice, edited by Stephen W. Silliman, pp. 135-142. London: Wiley Blackwell.
2018 Engaging archaeology: An introduction and a guide. In Engaging Archaeology: 25 Case Studies in Research Practice, edited by Stephen W. Silliman, pp. 1-11. London: Wiley Blackwell. (Chapter)
2016 Disentangling the archaeology of colonialism and indigeneity. In The Archaeology of Entanglement, edited by Francesca Fernandini and Lindsay Der, pp. 31-38. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
2015 A requiem for hybridity? The problem with Frankensteins, purées, and mules. Journal of Social Archaeology 15(3):277-298. (Article)

2015 Comparative colonialism and indigenous archaeology: Exploring the intersections. In Rethinking Colonialism: Comparative Archaeological Approaches, edited by Katherine Hayes and Craig N. Cipolla, pp. 213-233. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

2014 Archaeologies of Survivance and Residence: Reflections on the Historical Archaeology of Indigenous People. In Rethinking Colonial Pasts through Archaeology, edited by Neal Ferris, Rodney Harrison, and Michael Wilcox, pp. 57-75. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hunter, Ryan, Stephen W. Silliman, and David B. Landon
2014 Shellfish Collection and Community Connections: Gender and Sustenance in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Native New England. American Antiquity  79(3):712-729. (Article)

Silliman, Stephen W.
2013 What, Where and When is Hybridity? InThe Archaeology of Hybrid Material Culture, edited by Jeb Card, pp. 486-500. Carbondale: Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University.

2012 Between the Longue Durée and the Short Purée: Postcolonial Archaeologies of Indigenous History in Colonial North America. In Decolonizing Indigenous Histories: Exploring Prehistoric/Colonial Transitions in Archaeology, edited by Maxine Oland, Siobhan M. Hart, and Liam Frink, pp. 113-132. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2012 Archaeologies of Colonial Reduction and Cultural Production in Native Northern California. In The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology, edited by Timothy R. Pauketat, pp. 235-245. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2011 Households, Time, and Practice: A Reply to Vitelli. American Antiquity 76(1):190-192.

Silliman, Stephen W. and T.J. Ferguson
2010 Consultation and Collaboration with Descendant Communities. In Voices in American Archaeology: 75th Anniversary Volume of the Society for American Archaeology, edited by Wendy Ashmore, Dorothy Lippert, and Barbara J. Mills, pp. 48-72. Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. (Chapter)

Silliman, Stephen W. and Thomas Witt
2010 The Complexities of Consumption: Eastern Pequot Cultural Economics in 18th-Century New England.  Historical Archaeology 44(4):46-68. (Article)

Silliman, Stephen W.
2010 Writing New Archaeological Narratives: Indigenous North America.  In Handbook on Postcolonialism and Archaeology, edited by Uzma Rizvi and Jane Lydon, pp. 145-164.  World Archaeological Congress Research Handbooks in Archaeology Series.  Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, Inc.

2010 The Value and Diversity of Indigenous Archaeology: A Response to McGhee. American Antiquity 75(2):217-220. (Article)

2010 Indigenous Traces in Colonial Spaces: Archaeologies of Ambiguity, Origins, and Practices.Journal of Social Archaeology 10(1)28-58. (Article)

2010 Crossing, Bridging, and Transgressing Divides in the Study of Native North America.  In Across a Great Divide: Continuity and Change in Native North American Societies, A.D. 1400-1900, edited by Laura S. Scheiber and Mark Mitchell, pp. 258-276.  Amerind Studies in Archaeology 4.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press. (Chapter)

2009 Blurring for Clarity: Archaeology as Hybrid Practice. In Decolonizing Archaeology: Archaeology and the Post-Colonial Critique, edited by Peter Bikoulis, Dominic Lacroix, and Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, pp. 15-25. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Chacmool Conference (2006). Calgary: Archaeological Association of the University of Calgary. (Chapter)

2009 Change and Continuity, Practice and Memory: Native American Persistence in Colonial New England. American Antiquity 74(2):211-230. (Article)

2008 Collaborating at the Trowel’s Edge: Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Archaeology. (editor) Amerind Studies in Archaeology #2. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2008 Collaborative Indigenous Archaeology: Troweling at the Edges, Eyeing the Center.  In Collaborating at the Trowel’s Edge: Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Archaeology, edited by Stephen W. Silliman, pp. 1-21. Amerind Studies in Archaeology #2. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2008 The 'Old West' in the Middle East: U.S. Military Metaphors in Real and Imagined Indian Country. American Anthropologist 110(2):237-247. (Article)

Silliman, Stephen W. and Katherine H. Sebastian Dring
2008 Working on Pasts for Futures: Eastern Pequot Field School Archaeology in Connecticut. In Collaboration at the Trowel’s Edge: Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Archaeology, edited by Stephen W. Silliman, pp. 67-87. Amerind Studies in Archaeology #2. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Jacobucci, Susan, Heather Trigg, and Stephen Silliman
2007 Vegetation and culture on the Eastern Pequot Reservation: Interpreting millennia of pollen and charcoal in southeastern Connecticut.  Northeast Anthropology 74:13-39.

Cipolla, Craig, Stephen W. Silliman, and David Landon
2007 'Making Do’: Nineteenth-Century Subsistence Practices on the Eastern Pequot Reservation.  Northeast Anthropology 74:41-64.

Hall, Martin and Stephen W. Silliman
2006 Historical Archaeology. (editors) Malden and London: Blackwell Publishing.

2006 Introduction: Archaeology of the Modern World. In Historical Archaeology, edited by Martin Hall and Stephen W. Silliman, pp. 1-22. Malden and London: Blackwell Publishing. (Chapter)

Silliman, Stephen W.
2006 Collaborating on Collaboration: Results of the 2005 Amerind Seminar on Indigenous Archaeology. SAA Archaeological Record 6(2):38-39. (Article)

2006 Struggling with Labor, Working on Identities. In Historical Archaeology, edited by Martin Hall and Stephen W. Silliman, pp. 147-166. Malden and London: Blackwell Publishing. (Chapter)

2005 Culture Contact or Colonialism? Challenges in the Archaeology of Native North America. American Antiquity 70(1):55-74. (Article)

2005 Obsidian Studies and the Archaeology of Nineteenth-Century California. Journal of Field Archaeology 30(1):75-94. (Article)

2004 Lost Laborers in Colonial California: Native Americans and the Archaeology of Rancho Petaluma. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.(Excerpt)

2004 Missions Aborted: California Indian Life on 19th-Century Ranchos, 1834-1848. Boletín: The Journal of the California Mission Studies Association 21(1):3-22. (Article)

2004 Social and Physical Landscapes of Contact. In North American Archaeology, edited by Timothy R. Pauketat and Diana DiPaolo Loren, pp. 273-296. London and Malden: Blackwell Publishing. (Chapter)

2003 Using a Rock in a Hard Place: Native American Lithic Practices in Colonial California. In Stone Tool Traditions in the Contact Era, edited by Charles Cobb, pp. 127-150. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

2001 Agency, Practical Politics, and the Archaeology of Culture Contact. Journal of Social Archaeology 1(2):184-204. (Article)

2001 Theoretical Perspectives on Labor and Colonialism: Reconsidering the California Missions. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 20(4):379-407. (Article)

Silliman, Stephen W., Paul Farnsworth, and Kent G. Lightfoot
2000 Magnetometer Prospecting in Historical Archaeology: Evaluating Survey Options at a 19th-Century Rancho Site in California. Historical Archaeology 34(2):89-109. (Article)

Silliman, Stephen W.
1997 European Origins and Native Destinations: Historical Artifacts from the Native Alaskan Village and Fort Ross Beach Sites. In The Native Alaskan Neighborhood, A Multiethnic Community at Colony Ross, edited by Kent G. Lightfoot, Ann M. Schiff, and Thomas A. Wake, pp. 136-178. Contribution of the Archaeological Research Facility 55. Berkeley: Archaeological Research Facility, University of California.


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