The Saratoga Campaign

Uncovering an Embattled Landscape

Edited by William A. Griswold and Donald W. Linebaugh

The battles of Saratoga proved to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War when British forces under the command of General John Burgoyne surrendered to American forces led by General Horatio Gates. The Saratoga Campaign provides a new and greatly expanded understanding of the battles of Saratoga by drawing on the work of scholars in a broad range of academic disciplines. Presenting years of research by material culture scholars, archaeologists, historians, museum curators, military experts, and geophysicists, this definitive volume explores these important Revolutionary War battles and their aftermath, adding a physical and tangible dimension to the story of the Saratoga campaign. Presenting the latest hands-on research, The Saratoga Campaign is an original and multifaceted contribution to our understanding of this critical event in America’s birth.

Paper: $27.95 | E-book: $25.99
ISBN-13: 9781611688962
Pages: 272 | Size: 7 in. x 10 in.
Date Published: May 3, 2016


  • Despite the scientific underpinning, this is far from dry material. It will appeal most to serious students of the campaign, but it remains accessible to the more casual reader. . . . This is a surprisingly attractive and fascinating book that belies its rather academic-looking cover.

    History of War
  • The Saratoga Campaign utilizes archaeological research and historical reconstruction to provide new insight on how the armies’ fortifications were designed and built, as well as what tactics allowed for an American victory. Relying on maps, photographs, and digital renderings, the diverse group of contributors interprets the physical attributes of the battles in a way that was previously impossible.

    The Hudson River Valley Review
  • A major historical archaeology volume on a famous Revolutionary War battle. . . . Highly recommended.

  • The Saratoga Campaign is an important contribution to military sites and historical archaeology, bringing together scholars from different disciplines to illuminate the Revolutionary War battles fought at Saratoga. It is well illustrated and thoughtfully organized. Indeed, the book provides a model for sharing the results of archaeological research on military sites.

    Historical Archaeology Review
  • Coalescing the findings of archaeologists who have investigated at the battlefield and the disciplines of history and material cultural makes for a compelling read. Griswold and Linebaugh have brought together world-renowned experts, giving archaeologists, historians, and curators the opportunity to apply their disciplines to create a scientifically comprehensive account of the Battles of Saratoga and the surrender of Burgoyne. This book will surely be a must-read for those studying American history and a resource for academic institutions throughout the world.

    Joe Finan
    superintendent of Saratoga National Historical Park

About the Author

Donald W. Linebaugh

Donald W. Linebaugh, professor at the University of Maryland, has written a number of books, including The Man Who Found Thoreau: Roland W. Robbins and the Rise of Historical Archaeology in America.

William A. Griswold

William A. Griswold is an archaeologist with the National Park Service’s Northeast Region Archaeology Program.

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