Post-1800 Mining Camps, Redux: A Reappraisal at Age 50

Author(s): Paul White

Year: 2016


Mining camps are certainly a minor one of the kinds of historic sites with which we are occasionally concerned. So began Franklin Fenenga’s prospectus for an archaeology of mining that appeared in the inaugural issue of our journal in 1967. Fenenga went on to identify areas where archaeology stood to make notable contributions and topics where archaeological attention promised only limited yields. Investigations of the mining industry had been sporadic at the time of Fenenga’s article, but archaeological engagement increased significantly with the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act. This paper reviews the directions that archaeological research on American mining sites has subsequently taken, and much of which has been informed by the NHPA context. In addition to identifying areas where Fenenga’s predictions have held true, this paper identifies topics predicted but not taken and research themes that Fenenga had not foreseen.

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Post-1800 Mining Camps, Redux: A Reappraisal at Age 50. Paul White. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435016)

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 98