The Liquid Gold Rush: Oil and the Archaeological Boom

Author(s): Andrew J Robinson

Year: 2016


The Gold Rush of the 19th century brought people, jobs, and money to the western US, creating the first major boom.  Since then, the US has advanced into other profitable avenues, in particular oil and natural gas. The 20th century saw the dramatic increase in the necessity for oil across the globe, which has led to a new boom, the "Liquid Gold Rush." As technology advanced, such as fracking, in the later part of the 20th and into the 21st Century, archaeology became entwined with oil and its boom.   From oil drilling pads, to pipelines, to spills, this poster explores the Liquid Gold Rush and how this new boom is shaping archaeology in the Northern Plains and across the US.

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The Liquid Gold Rush: Oil and the Archaeological Boom. Andrew J Robinson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434858)

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