Date of Award

12-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Beverly Chiarulli, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Sarah Neusius, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Benjamin Ford, Ph.D.

Abstract

In this study, magnetometry and ground penetrating surveys were employed to better understand the history of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. By examining the engine house at the head of inclined plane 9 with a combined approach utilizing magnetometry, ground penetrating radar, limited excavation, and artifact analysis, a clearer picture of its unique shape, boundaries, and preservation was obtained, while causing minimal impact to the archaeological remains. In addition, this research allowed for comparison of these technologies in the context of an early industrial historic site.

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