The Alderley Sandhills Project

An archaeology of community life in (post-) industrial England

By Eleanor Conlin Casella and Sarah K. Croucher

The Alderley Sandhills Project

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8198-9
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: April 2010
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Rural Communities, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Museology & heritage studies, Archaeology, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Museology & heritage studies, European history


How did the rise of consumer society impact the domestic lives of ordinary workers? Funded by English Heritage, this study offers the first book-length archaeology of a 17th through 20th century household site in Great Britain.

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the volume situates the results of traditional archaeological excavations within a broader spectrum of archival sources, family photographs and personal memories of former site residents to consider the dramatic influences of industrialization and subsequent de-industrialisation on the material world of a rural community in the North-West of England. Organised as a series of thematic chapters, the book emphasizes the social nature of household archaeology, drawing the reader from excavated artifacts into domestic spaces, historic events, community identities, and family memories.

It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students, in addition to those interested in local history, archaeology, and family genealogies.


List of illustrations
1 The archaeology of community life
2 The Hagg of Alderley Edge
3 Feeding the family
4 Keeping the home
5 Recreation and relaxation
6 Community life
7 The Hagg Cottages: material life of a rural community


Eleanor Conlin Casella is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester. Sarah K. Croucher is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University

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