Forgotten Things: The Story of the Seymour Valley Archaeology Project
Published: August 2022© 2022
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 174 Pages
Illustrations: 16 b&w illustrations, 4 b&w maps
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
174 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.50 in, 16 b&w illustrations, 4 b&w maps
Based on a long-term archaeology project, Forgotten Things provides an account of working with field school students to discover and excavate archaeological sites, including early twentieth-century Japanese camps, in the Seymour Valley of British Columbia.
The first book in the new Teaching Archaeology series, Forgotten Things gives students a real-world example of archaeological research in practice. It provides an overview of the Seymour Valley ArchaeologyProject from the initial phone call to the disposition of artifacts and archiving of records. The book takes the reader from the inception of the project through fieldwork, laboratory work, drawing inferences, and making the research meaningful. It delves into considerations that guide research design and methods, and it examines the culture of archaeological fieldwork. Through anecdotes, stories from the field, and extracts from field notes, Forgotten Things offers rare insight into the realities of archaeological research not often seen in archaeological studies.
About this Book
2. Finding Our Way
3. Archaeology of Settler Sites
4. A Logging Camp at Suicide Creek
5. A Most Unusual Site Near McKenzie Creek
6. Digging in at McKenzie Creek
7. Making the Fieldwork Meaningful
Key Resources and Suggested Readings
Appendix 1: Field School Students
Appendix 2: Assessing Significance
"Forgotten Things is a great tool for introducing students to what archaeological fieldwork really looks like, from beginning to end. Robert J. Muckle demystifies archaeological fieldwork, not just in the type of work conducted, but also in what is of archaeological interest. Refreshing and approachable, this well-organized book is a welcome antidote to many textbooks."Ulrike Krotscheck, Evergreen State College
"This book is a humble and stimulating reflection on things forgotten, hidden, and remembered. Forgotten Things traces the complex and entangled processes of reconstructing multilayered sites and highlights the importance of recovering erased history. Robert J. Muckle’s friendly storytelling is ever approachable, moving, and insightful – he invites readers to wander through an archaeological project connecting education, cultural resource management, and research from inception to fieldwork to the lab, and beyond."
Katherine Cook, University of Montreal