Anthropology | Industrial Archaeology
P600 | 28130 | Sievert


Industrial archaeology is the study of the material remains of
industrial activity, including sites, structural remains, and
artifacts relating to manufacturing, transportation, and industrial
production across eastern North America. Rapid growth in manufacturing
throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, and subsequent declines
in heavy manufacturing have left sites of mills, mines, quarries,
smelters, foundries, and factories, along with planned spaces that
often included offices, depots, railways, offices, and employee
housing to disuse and redevelopment. Students in the course will
explore the material character of the industrial heritage of the
Midwest, and become familiar with discerning traces of industrial
activity that remain visible. Steel mills and foundries of the Great
Lakes region, factories from the gas boom era, coal mines in southwest
Indiana, automotive plants across the region, and stone production
along the Salem limestone formation, have all left archaeologically
and historically relevant spaces that impart a special character to
Midwestern towns and landscapes. Students will read case studies and
primary literature in industrial archaeology, visit industrial sites
in the region, and collect information about industrial work from days
gone by, about products of industry that remain in use, and about the
social context of industrial heritage.