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A VILLAGE BLACKSMITH IN THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH: ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS AT THE GRISWOLD SHOP, BARTON, MISSISSIPPI (1851-1860)

W. Stephen McBride
Southeastern Archaeology
Vol. 6, No. 2 (Winter 1987), pp. 79-92
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40712846
Page Count: 14
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A VILLAGE BLACKSMITH IN THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH: ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS AT THE GRISWOLD SHOP, BARTON, MISSISSIPPI (1851-1860)
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Abstract

Although once ubiquitous, blacksmith shops have now almost completely disappeared, and with them a detailed understanding of their exact structure and function. Archaeological and historical investigations were carried out at the Griswold blacksmith shop, Clay County, Mississippi in order to obtain a fuller picture of an individual shop and its relation to the surrounding community. The investigation of blacksmiths, and other artisans as well, is an area of research ideally suited for the tools of historical archaeology. Through such studies questions pertaining to shop practices and variability in shops can be addressed.

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