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Relic Hunters: Archaeology and the Public in Nineteenth- Century America

James E. Snead


Relic Hunters is a study of the complex relationship between the people of 19th century America with the material antiquities of North America's indigenous past. As scholars struggled to explain their existence, farmers in Ohio were plowing up arrowheads, building their houses atop burial mounds, and developing their own ideas about antiquity. They experienced the new country as a "place with history" reflected in material traces that became important touch points for scientific knowledge, but for American cultural identity as well. Relic Hunters traces the encounter with American antiquities ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736271
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198736271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James E. Snead, author