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Urban Archaeology in the City of the Saints and the Growth of a Real Frontier City

Author(s): Donald D. Southworth II

Year: 2015

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While archaeologist in the western United States survey wide open expanses for federal and state agencies, archaeology in the urban centers themselves are often ignored.  The majority of city centers consist mostly of businesses and business is money.  Archaeology in these districts cost time and money, so archaeology is almost never undertaken unless it is done for an agency that must follow established laws and regulations that include archaeology.  The new United States Courthouse for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, presented just such an opportunity to conduct urban archaeology.  The results of these excavations have highlighted contrasting interpretations of the accepted narrative history of the city, and the life style of its inhabitants.  This paper presents some of the evidence for a reinterpretation. 

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Urban Archaeology in the City of the Saints and the Growth of a Real Frontier City. Donald D. Southworth II. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434083)


City Urban Western

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North America United States of America

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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): 524

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