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Cutting It Back and Burning It Black: Archaeological Investigations of Charcoal Production in the Missouri Ozarks

James R. Wettstaed
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Vol. 29, No. 2 (2003), pp. 29-46
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40968627
Page Count: 18
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Cutting It Back and Burning It Black: Archaeological Investigations of Charcoal Production in the Missouri Ozarks
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Abstract

Investigations by the Mark Twain National Forest have documented two extensive charcoal-production complexes affiliated with iron furnaces dating to the late-19th century. These complexes include numerous charcoal pits and temporary workers' houses. Investigations at several habitation sites recovered relatively small but clearly domestic assemblages and demonstrated variability among these sites. These results represent the first archaeological investigations of charcoal production in Missouri and provide a rare opportunity to examine the entire suite of sites related to charcoal production. They contribute to a fuller picture of the 19th-century Missouri iron industry.

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