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Timber, Sail, and Rail
An Archaeology of Industry, Immigration, and the Loma Prieta Mill
222 pages, 50 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-726-2 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (June 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-727-9 eBook
“Although archaeologists have investigated logging sites for several decades, rarely has this work found publication or broader contextualization. In Timber, Sail, and Rail, the author does just this. This book connects the technological and labor histories, and firmly situates archaeological investigations at the Loma Prieta Mill within the regional contexts of immigration and extractive industry.” • Paul White, University of Nevada, Reno
While taking a critical look at the labor and social issues related to timber, the story of labor, immigration, and development around the San Francisco Bay region is told through the lens of an archaeological case study of a major player of the timber industry between 1885 and 1920. Timber, Sail, and Rail recounts the mill operations and broadly examines its intersections with other industries, such as shipping, brick manufacture, rail companies, lime production, and other lesser enterprises. Three seasons of archaeological fieldwork, as well as ethnography and regional archival work, are examined to emphasize technological and labor components at the historic Loma Prieta mill.
Marco Meniketti is a Professor and senior archaeologist at San Jose State University in California. He has received the Vogel Prize from the Society for Industrial Archeology and the SJSU College of Social Science award for Excellence in Teaching and is the 2020 recipient of the Austen D. Warburton Award of Merit by the College of Social Science at San Jose State University. From 2017–20 he served as Chair of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology.
Subject: Archaeology History (General) Transport Studies
Area: North America
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Introduction: The Industrial Landscape of Timber
Chapter 1. Logging History in San Francisco Bay Region
Chapter 2. The Immigration Mosaic of the West
Chapter 3. Laboring at Loma Prieta
Chapter 4. Archaeology at Loma Prieta Mill
Chapter 5. Artifacts: A Window to Life at the Mill
Conclusion: Reading Ethnicity and Class
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