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Re-examining 19th Century Brick Production in the Midwest

Event Type
Lecture
Topics
archaeology, architecture, culture, history, science and technology
Sponsor
Illinois State Archaeological Survey Brown Bag Lecture Series
Location
Forbes Natural History Building, Room 1005, 1816 S. Oak St. Champaign
Date
Oct 16, 2019   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Michael Smith
Cost
Free
Views
109
Originating Calendar
Illinois State Archaeological Survey Calendar

Few artifact types are more common and less examined by historical archaeologists than bricks. As a result, the small-scale production of bricks and their use in the early to mid-nineteenth century Midwest is poorly understood and rarely exploited as a research direction. Despite this, the remains of brick kilns and features that utilize brick construction can be read as texts that provide evidence of on-site industry, technology, and social history. In this presentation Michael Smith will take another look at the significance of hand-made bricks through research conducted on some unique examples recovered from an excavation in Champaign County, Illinois.

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