Excavating Nauvoo: The Mormons and the Rise of Historical Archaeology in America
Place Published: Lincoln, NE
Date Published: 2010
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 36297
389 pp. [22 cm]; full tan cloth with black stamped titles on the spine. Pictorial dust jacket. With 26 photographs, 1 map, and appendix.
This detailed study of the excavation and restoration of the city of Nauvoo, Illinois, reveals the roots of historical archaeology. In the late 1960s, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored an archaeology program to authentically restore the city of Nauvoo, which was founded along the Mississippi River in the 1840s by the Mormons as they moved west. Non-Mormon scholars were also interested in Nauvoo because it was representative of several western frontier towns in this era. As the archaeology and restoration of Nauvoo progressed, however, conflicts arose, particularly regarding control of the site and its interpretation for the public.