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Tales from Timbers: Reconstructing the History of Technological Change at the Cleary Hill Gold Mill. John Hemmeter and Paul White

Author(s): John Hemmeter ; Paul White

Year: 2015

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Summary

The Cleary Hill Mill, situated 20 miles north of Fairbanks, is a deteriorating vestige of one of Alaska's historically most important industries. Built in 1911 for processing gold ores, the mill began with a set of technologies well tested in western mineral districts. Despite remaining modest in size, archaeological evidence indicates that the mill was subjected to considerable transformation over its operative life; being burned, reconstructed, extended, repurposed, and partially scrapped. This poster emphasizes how this longer and lesser-known history of the mill has left telltale residues in the mill structure. By using material evidence to reconstruct different phases of operation, this poster highlights the dynamism inherent to milling operations, differences in decision-making, and the utility of detailed structural recording.


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Tales from Timbers: Reconstructing the History of Technological Change at the Cleary Hill Gold Mill. John Hemmeter and Paul White. John Hemmeter, Paul White. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434124)


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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): 163

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