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A Glance at Industrial Archaeology


Industry has been more than a simple influence on our society, environment and landscape. It has shaped who we are and where we live, and it has brought about social change on an unprecedented scale in an unbelievably short period of time. But Chronos doesn’t discriminate and buries it all, so a discipline emerged after World War II (when the retooling of industry began to destroy elements of an earlier industrial time) to make sure this collective heritage wasn’t lost. That discipline is Industrial Archaeology.

Industrial Archaeology focuses on buildings, machinery, artifacts, sites, infrastructure and documents within their social and historical contexts. It provides technical information on obsolete processes not obtainable from other sources, and its subject matter covers everything from bridges to factories to railroads to mines to dams to workers’ housing.


UX Designer and Anthropologist, hardcore gamer, obsessive reader and improvised artificer of crafts. I cheated on population genetics with graphic design and since that the three of us have been living happily ever after. I enjoy writing little pieces on practically anything that catches my eye, but I lean towards those occasions when art overlaps with science.

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