Date of Award

Summer 8-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Benjamin Ford, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

William Chadwick, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jeanine Mazak-Kahne, Ph.D.

Abstract

The South Blairsville Industry Archaeological District near Blairsville, Pennsylvania includes the remains of an early-twentieth century plate glass factory and associated workers’ housing. Between 1903 and 1935 the factory produced plate glass for numerous applications, including storefront windows and automobile windshields. The factory and housing are linked to major themes of industrial change, the development of modern infrastructure, and the experiences of immigrant workers. An archaeological survey conducted within the district has identified extensive intact architectural remnants of the factory, as well as intact stratigraphy and house foundations within the workers’ housing. Analysis of the factory remains, soil profiles, artifacts, and census data has provided useful information about life and work within the district, enabling a broader understanding of the local and regional contexts in which the factory operated. This preliminary study has established the integrity and research potential of the sites within the district for future investigations.

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