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by Archaeology Newsroom

Industrial archaeology

Industrial archaeology is the archaeology of the day before. Dealing as it does with our immediate past it could be called a kind of self analysis. The immediate consequences of the Industrial Revolution were the creation of a new type of human being, at once aware of how isolated he was and at the same time aware of being an independent entity. Man realized what an independent being he was and then tried to secure his rights through the social and cultural movements of the 19th and early 20th century. Machines, in spite of the conflicting feelings they inspire in us, have freed humanity from other dependences. With the dawn of the industrial society a new form of human sensitivity comes into play. “Industrial imprints” are of scientific interest, belonging as they do to those who made them.