The Material Culture of Steamboat Passengers: Archaeological Evidence from the Missouri River / Edition 1

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This book is a material culture analysis of passengers' belongings found on the steamboats Bertrand and Arabia, which served nineteenth century emigrants traveling west on the Missouri river. The research utilizes documentary sources, photographs, and archaeological artifacts. The book is heavily descriptive and will be regarded as a reference manual for western artifacts and for steamboats that operated on the Missouri river.

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'This data base on Missouri steamboats is an impressive piece of research and should prove invaluable to those doing research on the Missouri river trade. The writing style of the author allows easy and quick reading of this book. ...historic archaeologists will find the artifact descriptions and figures useful. ...this work will often be cited in the future by archaeologists working on mid-nineteenth century sites.'
North American Archaeologist, 21:4 (2000)
'Anyone interested in frontier society will find this to be a very useful volume. It helps explain the development of the Missouri River route that was vital to western Iowa and other portions of the Midwest.'
The Annals of Iowa, 61:3 (2002)
The Society of Historical Archaeology in Atlanta invited Corbin (U. of Idaho) to publish her master's thesis in the series. She examines artifacts from the substantial steamboats the and the , which plied the Missouri from 1856 to 1865. Unlike earlier work on the material, she links the remains to emigrant migration patterns. She establishes a profile of the passengers by analyzing the content of passenger boxes with a view toward gender, group dynamics, and socioeconomic status. She combines documentary sources, photographs, and the archaeological artifacts to help posit hypotheses about 19th- century emigrant travel westwards. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306461682
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/31/1999
  • Series: The Springer Series in Underwater Archaeology
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Introduction: Westward Expansion Toward Fort Benton, Montana Territory. 2. The Steamboats Arabia and Bertrand. 3. Methodology. 4. Bertrand Box 74. 5. Bertrand FPC-8. 6. Bertrand MSC-128. 7. Bertrand FSC-234. 8. Arabia Carpenter's Box. 9. Quantitative Analysis. 10. Conclusion. Appendices. References.

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