People versus machines or people and machines? Current research directions within British post-medieval and industrial archaeology

Nevell, MD ORCID: 2009, 'People versus machines or people and machines? Current research directions within British post-medieval and industrial archaeology' , in: Crossing Paths or Sharing Tracks? Future directions in the archaeological study of post-1550 Britian and Ireland , Boydell & Brewer Ltd, pp. 31-40.

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This chapter reviews the continuing debate about the scope and role of industrial archaeology that was sparked by the publication of Understanding the Workplace, a research framework published by the Association for Industrial Archaeology in 2005. Since this volume focuses upon the landscape and social impacts of industrialisation, a number of industrial archaeologists have felt that the traditional interests of the discipline, the survey and recording of manufacturing processes and power systems, were being ignored or even marginalised. This discussion argues that such is not the case: that rather this research framework is complementary to these traditional research activities. Furthermore, it argues that there is now a wide range of approaches that provide a research toolkit, a set of archaeological methodologies and theoretical approaches that can be applied to the archaeology of industrialisation. Some fo these approaches concentrate wholly upon the recording of technology, others upon the landscape changes and social context. None is exclusive of the other; indeed, they work best when these issues are considered together. Together, they provide a shared research agenda allowing industrial archaeologists to explore our undertsanding of the interconnection between machine and landscape and society and technological change during the era of industrialsiation.

Item Type: Book Section
Themes: Subjects / Themes > C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > T Technology (General)
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 97818433834342
Depositing User: Dr Michael Nevell
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2010 10:00
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:18

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