The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love, and Death in Plymouth Colony (Paperback)
James Deetz, who until his death was a leading expert on the archaeology of Plymouth Colony, and his wife, cultural historian Patricia Scott Deetz, give a realistic and fascinating picture of life in colonial America as they recount, in colorful detail, the true story of Plymouth Colony.
The Pilgrims were not the somber, dark-clad historical figures children learn about in school. Nor were they nearly as pious as we've been led to believe: they wore brightly colored clothing, drank heavily, had adulterous affairs, and committed both petty and serious crimes against their neighbors. Using court transcripts, wills, probate listings, rare first-hand accounts, and archeological finds, the Deetzes delve into everyday life in Plymouth Colony, accurately recasting one of the most cherished chapters of American history.
About the Author
James Deetz, Ph.D., is the Harrison Professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Virginia. Perhaps the foremost expert on the archaeology of Plymouth Colony, he is considered one of the "founding fathers" of Historical Archaeology. For eleven years Deetz worked as the Assistant Director of the museum at Plymouth Plantation, where he introduced an innovative interpretive program. He is the author of "In Small Things Forgotten" and "Flowerdew Hundred,"
Patricia Scott Deetz is a cultural historian with an M. A. in history from Rhodes University, South Africa. She has worked with her husband as a researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia for the past seven years.
Deetz is a cultural historian with an M.a. in history from Rhodes University, South Africa. She is on the Research Faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.
"[A] fascinating and delightful?revisionist history of our Pilgrim forebears."
--The Providence Journal
"The Deetzes have knocked the dust off these Thanksgiving pageant characters and given them new life."
--The San Diego Union-Tribune
"A hard-headed description...based on the evidence, of life in the Plymouth Colony."
--The New York Times