Looted Delights: An Investigation of Integrity at a Looted Lumber Camp

Author(s): Calvin J Gillett

Year: 2016


Archaeologists have long bemoaned the effects looting has on archaeological sites, declaring that once a site has been looted it no longer holds the integrity necessary for study. This maybe too hasty of an assumption, under the right conditions, a great deal can be learned from a looted site.  Coalwood, a former lumber town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula provides an optimal case study to evaluate the effects of looting. As the victim of heavy looting activity since the 1960’s and with a short occupation, Coalwood is the perfect case study for an evaluation of the impacts of looting. The looting activity at Coalwood is so intense it can be detected on Google Earth satellite images. Demonstration of what looting does to site integrity is accomplished through comparative analysis of two loci containing separate contexts. Patterns of subsistence and activity areas can still be identified, even after 50+ years of looting.

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Looted Delights: An Investigation of Integrity at a Looted Lumber Camp. Calvin J Gillett. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434787)

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Spatial Coverage

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 840