Location: Lattimer, Pennsylvania, United States
In the summer of 2013, the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland will conduct its second season of an archaeological project exploring life in a coal mining compay patch town near Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
Lattimer was founded in the mid-19th century by the Pardee Company and was the site of a tragic labor massacre in September of 1897. This massacre was the subject of archaeological study by the project in 2010. Today, the fabric of the compay town lanscape survives, with a rich heritage of labor history and immigration from Northern and Western Europe in the mid 19th century and later from Southern and Eastern Europe. This project will explore these themes through a mulit-disciplinary approach.
A field school during the Summer of 2012 investigated households in an ethnic neighborhood of shanties on the margin of the company town. This second field season in the Summer of 2013 will expand upon this research to examine the adjoining community of Lattimer2/Pardeesville.
The project will include fieldwork, labwork, and reading assignments and discussion regarding site specific context as well as theory and methods of archaeology. Some digital mapping skills will be introduced.
The fieldschool is limited to about six students. It will meet daily in the field for approximately eight hours a day. Lodging in the town of Hazleton will be provided for a modest rental fee. Transportation to and from the site will be provided from the field house.
Period(s) of Occupation: mid-19th century - 20th century
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