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Social Science Archaeology

Forgotten Things

The Story of the Seymour Valley Archaeology Project

by (author) Robert J. Muckle

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Archaeology, Asian American Studies, General
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Based on a long-term archaeology project, Forgotten Things provides an account of working with field school students to discover and excavate archaeological sites, including early twentieth-century Japanese camps, in the Seymour Valley of British Columbia.


The first book in the new Teaching Archaeology series, Forgotten Things gives students a real-world example of archaeological research in practice. It provides an overview of the Seymour Valley ArchaeologyProject from the initial phone call to the disposition of artifacts and archiving of records. The book takes the reader from the inception of the project through fieldwork, laboratory work, drawing inferences, and making the research meaningful. It delves into considerations that guide research design and methods, and it examines the culture of archaeological fieldwork. Through anecdotes, stories from the field, and extracts from field notes, Forgotten Things offers rare insight into the realities of archaeological research not often seen in archaeological studies.

About the author

Robert J. Muckle is Professor of Anthropology at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada. He has been teaching archaeology, biological anthropology, and Indigenous Peoples of North America courses for more than 20 years. He is the author of several publications, including Introducing Archaeology (2nd edition, 2014), Reading Archaeology (2007), and Indigenous Peoples of North America: A Concise Anthropological Overview (2012). He writes the monthly column "Archeology in North America" for the on-line Anthropology News and is active on matters pertaining to anthropology on Twitter (@bobmuckle).

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