Rethinking assemblage analysis

new approaches to the archaeology of working-class neighborhoods

Penny Crook*

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In this paper I argue for an expansion of the role of assemblage analysis in understanding daily life in nineteenth-century working-class neighborhoods. The close and systematic examination of quality manufacture of nineteenth-century domestic goods offers a material link to consumer decision-making. This is demonstrated in a study of material culture from working-class sites in Sydney and London.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-593
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Artifacts
  • Assemblage analysis
  • Consumerism
  • Quality

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