By Eugenia W. Herbert, A. Bernard Knapp, Vincent C. Pigott
Social ways to an commercial Past addresses the social problems with mining groups in examine spanning a interval of 4,500 years. the amount considers subject matters that are really new to archaeology:
* the social context of production
* energy and labour exploitation
* imperialism and colonialism
* construction and expertise.
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How else might the information and evidence established by ethnographers and historians impact our understanding of prehistoric mining and material culture? How different are the approaches based on production and technology typically used by archaeologists? ARCHAEOLOGY The material record of mining sites, rural/agricultural villages and production/ distribution centres is well suited to a study of archaeological variability from a broad comparative and chronological perspective (Knapp 1997). Within such a study, it is necessary to relate archaeologically visible mining ‘settlements’ to the more abstract concept of mining ‘communities’ (Hardesty 1988:101).
Part I Historical archaeology Chapter 2 The fabric and structure of Australian mining settlements Peter Bell ABSTRACT There seem to be distinctive elements identifiable in the plans of towns and the forms of buildings that served the mining industry throughout the world in the nineteenth century. However, both the settlement plans and the built forms are also subject to considerable diversity. In some individual cases, the fabric and form of mining settlements can be attributed variously to economic, ethnic or cultural causes.
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