2018. Expected Publication Date. Invisible Founders: Two Centuries of African Americans at Sweet Briar. Berghahn Press.

An in-depth study of an enslaved community and their many unrecognized contributions to creating an institute of higher education that remains open to this day and, even now in 2017, hires employees who are descended from the original plantation laborers.

2017. In Press. Virginians in the Great War: Uncovering One State's Role in Mobilizing For, Fighting, and Commemorating World War I. McFarland Press.

This book reveals the surprisingly large role of the Old Dominion and its citizens during The Great War. In addition to sending 93,000 soldiers (3,700 of whom never returned), Virginians contributed in a myriad of ways: from nurses and doctors who founded base hospitals at home and abroad to farriers and trainers who ran equestrian remount stations and from women who packed artillery shells at ammunition plants to the pilots who trained at Tidewater fields.

2015. Sweet Briar College. Arcadia Press.

A two-hundred-year review of Sweet Briar's history, first as an antebellum plantation and then as a woman's college. Over 180 photographs illustrate this complex legacy.

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2014. Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia. University of Virginia Press.

In Hidden History, Lynn Rainville travels through the forgotten African American cemeteries of central Virginia to recover information crucial to the stories of the black families who lived and worked there for over two hundred years. To learn more about the research and book, visit the Hidden History website >

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2005. Investigating Upper Mesopotamian Households Using Micro-Archaeological Techniques. BAR International Series, No. S1368. Oxford: Archaeopress.

This book presents the results from a study of domestic life at two urban sites in Upper Mesopotamia: Titris Hoyuk and Kazane Hoyuk. Rainville integrated archaeological and geological techniques and developed a method she refers to as "micro-archaeology" or "micro-debris analysis." She provides instructions on how to take and analyze micro-debris samples and uses 370 of these samples to test models of domestic economy, family structure, and residential organization in two Early Bronze Age communities.

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Historic American Research

2016 "Memorials to the Fallen: World War I Monuments in Virginia," The Journal of America's Military Past 41, no 2 (2016): 51-62.

2015 "Memorials from the Great War: symbolism and meaning in gravestones and statues from WWI," Markers XXXI (2015): 6-29.

2015 "A Living Memorial: the role and power of the Meuse-Argonne cemetery in honoring sacrifice and service." In, Bringing the War Back Home, an iBook for teachers. Published with support from the American Battle Monuments Commission and UNC.

2014 "Six Degrees of Separation:Using Social Media and Digital Platforms to Enhance African American History Projects," pp. 115-128, in Interpreting African American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites. Max van Balgooy, ed. AASLH Series "Interpreting History." Rowan & Littlefield.

2012 "Social Media Connections," Voice, Virginia Association for Museums Magazine, Summer 2012, pp. 5-6. Reprinted in the American Association State & Local History Newsletter.

2009a "Savings the Remains of the Day: the cultural heritage of historic American cemeteries," Journal of Field Archaeology 34, no. 2 (2009): 195-206.

2009b "Home at Last : mortuary commemoration in Virginian slave cemeteries." Markers: Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies XXVI (2009): 54-83.

2008 "Social Memory and Plantation Burial Grounds: a Virginian Example." African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter, 27 pages. Hosted on-line by the University of Illinois:

2004 "African American History at the Sweet Briar Plantation," Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine, Spring 2004: 7-10.

2003 "An Investigation of an Enslaved Community and Slave Cemetery at Mt. Fair, in Brown's Cove, Virginia." The Magazine of Albemarle County History 61 (2003): 1-26. Winner of the Annual 2003 Rawlings Prize (sponsored by the Historic Society).

1999 "Hanover Deathscapes: Mortuary Variability in New Hampshire Cemeteries, A.D. 1770-1920," Ethnohistory 43, no. 3 (1999): 541-97.

Near Eastern Research

2015 "Investigating Traces of Everyday Life in Ancient Households: some methodological considerations." Chapter 1, pp. 1-28, in Household Studies in Complex Societies: Micro-Archaeological and Textual Approaches, Miriam Muller, ed. Oriental Institute Seminars, Number 10.

2012 "Household Matters: Techniques for Understanding Assyrian Houses." Chapter 6 in New Perspectives on Household Archaeology, Bradley Parker and Catherine Foster, eds., 139- 64. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2012.

2007 "Micro-Archaeology at Ziyaret," in "Excavations at Ziyaret Tepe, Turkey, 2006," by T. Matney, et al., Anatolica 33 (2007): 39-43, 67-68.

2006 "Locating the 'People without History' in Histories of the Ancient Near East." Reviews in Anthropology 35 (2006): 1-22.

2005a "Eighth Preliminary Report on Excavations at Ziyaret Tepe, 2004 Season." Kazi Sonuclari Toplantisi 27. Co-authored with T. Matney.

2005b "Archaeological Investigations at Ziyaret Tepe, 2003 and 2004," Anatolica 31 (2005): 20-68. Co-edited with T. Matney.

2004 "Seventh Preliminary Report on Excavations at Ziyaret Tepe, 2003 Season." Kazi Sonuclari Toplantisi 27 (2004): 63-74. Co-authored with T. Matney.

2003a "Results from Micro-archaeology in 2001 and 2002," in "Excavations at Tell Brak, 2001-2002," by G. Emberling and H. McDonald. Iraq 64 (2003): 63-73.

2001 "Micro-Debris based functional analyses of Late EBA Houses," in "Research at Titris Hoyuk in Southeastern Turkey," by G. Algaze, et al., Anatolica 27 (2001): 30-33, 86-87.

2003b "Micro-Debris Analysis," in "Excavations at Ziyaret Tepe, Turkey, 2002," by T. Matney, et al., Anatolica 29 (2003): 194-197, 218.

2000 "Microdebris Analysis in Bronze Age Mesopotamian Households," Antiquity 74 (2000): 284.

Field Studies

Sweet Briar iStories

2015a Monument Hill Cemetery at Sweet Briar. iStory, volume 1. Tusculum Institute Publications.

2015b Daisy's Life in New York City. iStory, volume 2. Tusculum Institute Publications.

Contract Reports for the National Park Service

2003a Archaeological Report on Excavations Conducted at the Booker T. Washington Site. Prepared for the National Park Service.

2003b Archaeological Report on Excavations Conducted at the Gaines Mill Site. Prepared for the National Park Service.