Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Through industrialization, humans transformed the world, introducing social and environmental changes of unprecedented scope, scale, and speed that continue to impact us today. Industrial archaeologists study the history and heritage of industry, including its roots, evolution, and the patchy decline of postindustrial places. At Michigan Tech, we use interdisciplinary studies of the material remains and social memories of industrial workplaces, landscapes, and communities. Our research focuses on the social, political, and ecological construction of technological systems. We also examine the patrimony of industrial societies, considering how communities cope with the onset, effort, and consequences of industrial wealth production.

Faculty Areas of Interest
Experimental Archaeology; Early Large scale iron production; Roman and Anglo-Saxon England; Rise of socially complex societies; International program development
Environmental history; Watershed change; Ecological history; Fisheries history; Mining history
Environmental anthropology/political ecology; Anthropology of industry (mining, sugar); Hawai`i and the Pacific; Anthropology of public policy
Industrial archaeology; Industrial heritage; Historical archaeology
Applications of GIS for Historical Research; Time-Space Integration; Mobility and Social Interaction; Qualitative GIS; Demography and Historical Record Linkage; Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction; Urban Environments
History of Technology; Environmental History; Architectural History; Industrial Archeology; History of the Organization of Industrial Enterprises
History of Globalization; Economic History; History of Imperialism and Colonialism; International Business Organization; Commodity Studies; History of Food
Historical and Industrial Archaeologies, History of Technology; Ecobiography, Religion and Identity; Archaeological Science and Culture Theory; Ceramic Petrology, Neutron Activation Analysis; Electronic and Distance Education and Anthropology; Archaeology and Cross-Curriculum, Experiential Education
Renewable energy technologies; Alternative technology adoption; Renewable and alternative technology policy; Sustainable communities; Self-provisioning; Environmental education
Historical and Industrial Archaeology; Social, Economic, and Political Dimensions of Haciendas, Plantations, and Industrial Communities in the American West, Latin America, and the Caribbean; Issues Related to Colonialism, World-Systems Analysis, post-Colonailism, and Globalization; Relevance of Archaeology and Heritage to Identity Formation and Contemporary Social Systems
history of technology; history of science; artillery, fortification, ordnance; history of engineering; military history; Early Modern European history