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Scraping Our Way To The Past: A Methodological Approach For Chinese Rural Work Camps

Author(s): Mary L. Maniery

Year: 2015

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Recovering meaningful information from ephemeral, short-term work camps in the west is challenging, given the brief occupation time, absence of shelters other than tents or portable structures, and informal layout and design.  One methodological approach that has proved effective for research at camps with shallow or no subsurface deposits focuses on exposing and investigating the horizontal deposits across the sites.  Archaeological studies of Chinese occupied camps related to mining, railroad construction, fishing, and other activities have identified discrete functional areas within a site, subtle features and spatial layout by using broad surface exposures and detailed mapping.  This presentation summarizes past archaeological work at these types of sites and outlines an effective methodological approach for Chinese work camps.

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Scraping Our Way To The Past: A Methodological Approach For Chinese Rural Work Camps. Mary L. Maniery. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433894)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 314

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America