The Legacy of Fort William Henry: Resurrecting the Past
David R. StarbuckE-book: $19.99
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Starbuck’s work would serve well in an introductory historical archaeology class, and fulfill several roles. Its narrative on the process of archaeology would be a useful instructional tool, particularly for working within tourist-oriented sites (indeed, it invites comparison with Colonial Williamsburg, St. Mary’s City, and the like). Starbuck’s ability to show connections between the fort and the surrounding countryside make it also quite pertinent for the New York region. Finally, as it focuses on a major conflict, it would be work well for a class in need of a conflict-oriented reading.
The Legacy of Fort William Henry introduces . . . the remains of "Burial 14," which suggests a remarkable tale to rival James Fennimore Cooper’s imagination and, perhaps, reshape public memory of the fort’s meaning. . . . By framing this new story of Burial 14 within scholarship that emphasizes the broader context of the Seven Years’ War, we can see Fort William Henry as a place that embodied the powerful forces of colonialism that were remaking a continent and pulling an extraordinarily diverse group of people from across America and the Atlantic Ocean to meet at one fateful spot.
--New York History
DAVID R. STARBUCK is professor of anthropology at Plymouth State University and the author of 16 books, most recently The Archaeology of Forts and Battlefields and Excavating the Sutlers’ House: Artifacts of the British Armies in Fort Edward and Lake George.