Archaeology of American religious sites and sacred sites


2016 to 2019


The comparative study is to see how American historical archaeologists have studied religious sites and sacred sites.
It is to investigate how the study, research questions, and interpretations of religious sites and sacred sites has changed over the last century.


Traditionally archaeologists have carefully analyzed other aspects of culture, such as economics, trade, socio-economic class, etc but have often given minimal study to religious sites.
Religion has played an important role for better or worse in American life over the last four hundred years. Therefore, we felt that this overlooked topic deserved academic study. Our research would be of interest to historic preservationists, archaeologists, the all federal, state, and municipal archaeologists who have to oversee government mandated
archaeology, and to lay people interested in archaeology and religion.


This is the start of the project and we are just gathering all the archaeological reports, journal articles, and books on American religious sites.


No impact yet because this is just the beginning of the project.

Submitted by: 

  • Baugher, Sherene B

Researchers involved: 

  • Baugher, Sherene B
  • Veit, Richard

International focus: 

  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • New York