Coal Heritage Archaeology Project 2015 – Preliminary Results & Student Experiences


The Coal Heritage Archaeology Project’s inaugural excavations were carried out as part of a summer archaeological field school at West Virginia State University.  Working in collaboration with Indiana University and the Rahall Transportation Institute, excavations focused on the residential houses at the former coal company town of Tams, WV and sought to better understand issues of material consumption, labor, and class. This poster presents the results of these initial excavations and explores the modern relationship between West Virginia and the Coal Industry through student interpretations of this data, and reflections of their field school experiences. 

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Coal Heritage Archaeology Project 2015 – Preliminary Results & Student Experiences. Tyler Allen, Heather Alvey-Scott, S. Ryan Jones, Nicholas Starvakis, Paul Simmons, Jason Carnes, Michael Workman, Robert DeMuth. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434857)

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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): 600