Presentation Title

Ceramics from a WV coal company town: A case study

Presenter Information

Kristopher D. CollinsFollow

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

Anthropolgy, Archeology, WV History

Biography

I'm a freshman that is coming from Parkersburg. I am an Anthropology major, specifically Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology.

Major

Anthropology

Advisor for this project

Nicholas Freidin

Start Date

20-4-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2017 11:00 AM

Abstract

Excavations were carried out in 2015 and 2016 at Tams, WV and Wyco, West Virginia as part of the Coal Heritage Archaeology Project. This work focused on the residential portions of these towns, and the people who had once lived there. Both Tams and Wyco originated as coal company Towns in the state in West Virginia and were owned byWPTams, Jr, who lived from the 19th of May until August 3rd of 1977 and was known to be one of the final Coal barons. All residents both worked for, and paid rent to the coal companies that Mr. Tams owned. These communities were physically isolated, and many residents could only purchase goods at the company store. This poster will examine the ceramic materials recovered across the segregated communities at Tams and Wyco to develop a better understanding of race and class in early 20th century coal company towns.

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Ceramics from a WV coal company town: A case study

Excavations were carried out in 2015 and 2016 at Tams, WV and Wyco, West Virginia as part of the Coal Heritage Archaeology Project. This work focused on the residential portions of these towns, and the people who had once lived there. Both Tams and Wyco originated as coal company Towns in the state in West Virginia and were owned byWPTams, Jr, who lived from the 19th of May until August 3rd of 1977 and was known to be one of the final Coal barons. All residents both worked for, and paid rent to the coal companies that Mr. Tams owned. These communities were physically isolated, and many residents could only purchase goods at the company store. This poster will examine the ceramic materials recovered across the segregated communities at Tams and Wyco to develop a better understanding of race and class in early 20th century coal company towns.