Publications

RECENT ARTICLES

Many journals now forbid posting articles on web sites. For that reason, you will need to contact me if you'd like to obtain a copy of articles I've written on these topics:

1) Putting Central California Charmstones in Context: A View from CA-CCO-548. Thad M. Van Bueren and Randy S. Wiberg (2011), California Archaeology, Volume 3, Number 2, pp. 199–248.

2) Tsunamis, Sea Level Rise, and Cultural Adaptation at Seaside. Thad M. Van Bueren (2016), California Archaeology, Volume 8, Number 1.

EARLIER ARTICLES

My work at the Alabama Gates aqeduct construction camp near Lone Pine, California shed light on transient labor and the history of the construction of the first Los Angeles Aqueduct. This site (CA-INY-3760H ) was occupied in 1912-1913 during the final months before the aqueduct was completed and placed in to operation. As a result of my investigation, I edited a volume on Work Camps for the journal Historical Archaeology and produced an article about the camp I investigated. Article links: Work Camp Introduction; and Alabama Gates Work Camp

My investigations at the Canone Mine (CA-AMA-363H) near Amador City, California heightened my interest in gold mining operations that used arrastra mills for both ore crushing and amalgamation. That technology, initially brought to California by Hispanic miners, was rapidly adopted by others. My article discusses the evolution of this technology and the historical reasons why less efficient stamp mills came to dominate most industrial gold mining endeavors. Article link: Arrastra Gold Mills in Historical Perspective.

Investigations at a farm (CA-AMA-364/H) occupied from 1848 until 1917 near Sutter Creek, California produced evidence of successive occupations by the families of Dr. James A. Brown and John Sanderson, as well as their seasonal Native American, Chinese, and other immigrant laborers. Several features linked to those workers provided interesting insights, when combined with documentary information including a ledger kept by one of the Brown's Chinese workers. Article links: Chinese Farm Laborers; and Migrant Farm Laborers.

A utopian colony named the Llano del Rio Cooperative was established between 1914 and 1917 near Pearblossom in eastern Los Angeles County, California by progressives that included leading Socialists, feminists, and labor rights activists. I investigated that resource (CA-LAN-2677H), creating the first accurate map of this vast property and sampling some of the features in the center of the colony. Based on that work, I edited a volume on the archaeology of utopian communities. Article links: Utopian Archaeology Introduction; and Llano Colony.

My investigation of a refuse dump near the shore of San Francisco Bay (CA-SMA-368/H) led to the discovery of its association with the Carnduff Farm. Through detailed analysis the contents of the dump and the history of the family, it was possible to determine that it was deposited following the death of the family matriarch. Significant insights into family dynamics and succession are explored in this article: Carnduff Household Succession.

A fundamental concern for archaeology is what is noticed and recorded. The decision to notice and record sites or isolated finds has been applied inconsistently over time with important consequences for our ability to understand many topics from land use and settlement patterns to the behavior of literate people. One example is the routine failure to record historic sites prior to the 1970s. Article link: What Is Worth Recording?

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