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Tin City- an archaeological project at UE

      Beginning September 18, 2013 the ARCH 340 Field Techniques and Methods in Archaeology class will begin digging at Tin City under the direction of Dr. Alan Kaiser of the University of Evansville’s Archaeology department.  We are made up of archaeology majors, all with different levels of experience in fieldwork, but everyone is excited to begin excavations in the upcoming weeks. 

            After World War 2, housing shortages became a problem as veterans returned for a university education.  The University of Evansville solved this issue by buying barracks and setting them up on campus.  The residents eventually named this area Tin City.  In 1961, the barracks were destroyed and interest in Tin City did not resurface until 2003, when the Archaeology department began searching for the site.  Now, Tin City will undergo continued excavation this fall semester.

            We will be spending the semester learning about the field of archaeology by participating in fieldwork conducted on campus at the University of Evansville.  The goals of this class are to locate any remains, whether it be structures or artifacts, and based upon the finds learn more about the lives of the residents.  The class may or may not find anything during fieldwork, but the importance of the skills we will be using this semester cannot be overstated. 

            The class will learn how to use the different tools for archaeological survey and excavation, how to properly record information, pre-excavation materials and techniques that American archaeologists use, and basic artifact conservation.  Besides methods and techniques, the ethical responsibilities for archaeologists will be established and challenges faced in the field will be discussed.  Through fieldwork and study, students will learn about Evansville’s cultural history while hopefully contributing to what is known based upon this semester’s fieldwork.

This website will contain an “Excavation Notebook” that will provide weekly updates on the class’ progress throughout the semester. 

We would love visitors to come and check on our progress, the schedule is as follows:

Monday, September 16: UE Library Exhibit for Excavation Begins (continues until Sunday, September 29)

Wednesday, September 18: Open Trenches

Wednesday, September 25: Excavation

Wednesday, October 2: Excavation

Wednesday, October 9: Excavation and Mapping

Wednesday, October 16: Excavation and Mapping

Wednesday, October 23: Excavation and Mapping

Wednesday, October 30: Backfilling (Excavations completed for the semester)

- Caitlyn Haake 

BOB GWALTNEY / Courier & Press
University of Evansville archaeology students were excavating Tin City on the UE campus on Wednesday. Tin City is the site of an apartment complex that housed married students and their families on campus after World War II. The students are all in the field methods of archaeology class and will be digging each Wednesday afternoon into November.