From the Miners' Doublehouse

Archaeology and Landscape in a Pennsylvania Coal Company Town

  • Author(s): Metheny, Karen Bescherer
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  • Imprint: Univ Tennessee Press
  • Publication Date: 2006-12-15
  • Status: Active
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In From the Miners’ Doublehouse, archaeologist Karen Metheny uses an interpretive, contextual approach to examine the physical and cultural landscape of the now-abandoned coal-mining town of Helvetia in western Pennsylvania. The author weaves together documentary sources, oral history, and archaeological evidence to reveal the ways in which mine workers constructed a sense of community in this company town from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth.

As the first archaeological and historical study of a coal company town that focuses upon the strategies its residents used to manipulate landscape and material culture to achieve personal and social goals, From the Miners’ Doublehouse makes a significant contribution to historical and industrial archaeology. This book will be of interest to scholars in industrial and environmental history, geography, and industrial sociology. It will also appeal to general readers interested in coal’s history and the Appalachian coal-mining region.