Unusual Can Types from the Cortez Mining District, Nevada

Author(s): Erika Johnson

Year: 2018


A large mitigation project in central Nevada resulted in the collection of over 3,500 can specimens. Besides the typical, mass-produced, nineteenth and early twentieth-century can varieties that are well-documented, several unusual can types were also identified. These include cans with more than one vent hole, atypical seams, and large filler caps. Archival and archaeological evidence indicates the Cortez Mining District once had a large diverse population, with canned products imported from other states, South America, Europe, and China. This poster explores the possible origins of these cans, their potential contents, and attempts to create terminology for those manufacturing techniques currently lacking in research references.

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Unusual Can Types from the Cortez Mining District, Nevada. Erika Johnson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441703)

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Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
1870s to 1920s

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 1026