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Archaeology Goes Underground: The Potential for Historical Archaeology in Wind Cave

Author(s): Allison Young ; Stephen Damm

Year: 2014

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Caves offer a unique point of intersection between the natural and cultural worlds. While caves have often been the topic of discussion in archaeological literature, this discussion has primarily focused on prehistoric uses, and more often than not equates cave with rock shelter. In contrast, we will be discussing historic uses of caves with extended dark zones. Using data from Wind Cave National Park (WICA) collected during explorations, we hope to elucidate how the historical uses of caves offers valuable insight into how modern capitalist expansion manifests in these unique environments, and how a part of the world typically removed from the mundane experiences gets incorporated into social and economic developments. These insights will help us understand not only how these processes affect caves but how this interaction plays out across the world and in all ecosystems.


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Archaeology Goes Underground: The Potential for Historical Archaeology in Wind Cave. Allison Young, Stephen Damm. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437344)


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PaperId(s): SYM-78,03

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