Social Approaches to an Industrial Past: The Archaeology and Anthropology of Mining

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of a successful subsistence mining strategy typical of informal mining. Questions about women’s work revealed much about men’s as well, and about the place of mining in a wider subsistence strategy. Family farms, maintained by women, contributed meat and vegetables that broadened the diet and cash that supplemented and in many cases sustained mining activity. The material domain of daily life was also enlarged by women, who were bearers of genteel culture and who replaced tin dishes with decorative crockery and placed fancy clocks above whitewashed fireplaces. The archaeological evidence demonstrates that gender affected in tangible, material and archaeologically visible ways the experience of mining life for both men and women.


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