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by Archaeology Newsroom

Industrial archaeology. Another kind of archaeology

The industrial society was developed after a certain industrial model. Industry and whatever it entails in tools, machines and structures comprise as a whole a “historical base”. Industrialization has had an immense effect on the collective intellectual structure of man, on his social behaviour, his mentality and subconscious, on the history, that is, of the human race. The problems created by industrialization can probably be solved by the recent theoretical and methodological approach that considers society to be a derivative of multiple and complex factors of relative value. This article refers to the relationship between industrial archaeology and the cultural tradition of a place. Industrial archaeology proposes to include the aesthetics of the machine within an aesthetic code. It proposes, that is to say, the aesthetics of the industrial landscape. Subjects of industrial archaeology are:

a) industrial buildings

b) workers’ dwellings

c) mass media of communication and

transportation

d) machines and tools