“Creekside is a terrific read! Kelli Carmean successfully brings to light the key role that historical archaeology can play in richly illuminating the lives of past peoples—even when archaeologists are salvaging what they can in the face of the bulldozers of ‘progress.’ Dr. Carmean writes beautifully and enables the reader to feel a part of both a modern ‘dig’ and the lives of frontier families of the past. Highly recommended!”
—Jeremy A. Sabloff, President, Santa Fe Institute
“Carmean skillfully and convincingly weaves together the two seemingly independent plots of her engaging portrayals of past and present in the Kentucky Bluegrass. These plots form a circle that begins with a young 18th century couple starting their life together at Creekside and ends with at 21st century couple getting their start in the same place. In many ways, Creekside is as much about a sense of place as it is about people. Carmean keeps your attention with her many tantalizing hints about the ties between the characters. In the end, she leaves it up to the reader to determine the strength of those relationships between past and present—between archaeological anonymity and personal identity.”
—Richard W. Jeffries, University of Kentucky
Kelli Carmean is a Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Kentucky University.
The University of Alabama Press, 2010