The Identification and Historic Context of Mining Archaeology of the Wenatchee Mountains within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Date of Degree Completion
Master of Science (MS)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
A historically important metal mining region within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of the Wenatchee Mountains was studied employing archival research and systematic pedestrian archaeological survey. The objective of the study was to provide a historical context for hardrock mining activities within the study area and vicinity and document any new historic archaeological sites within the study area. The results serve the scientific, scholarly, and general public by providing both a more complete archaeological record and aid in the formulation of land use policy within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Three loci of activity containing a total of 27 features with associated artifacts were identified that date as far back as the mid-1880s. Using a "mining landscape" approach to identify linkage between features and artifacts separated by time and space, coupled with appropriate interpretation through detailed documentary research, revealed the value ensconced within historical archaeology as a methodology for data collection.
Valenta, Jared, "The Identification and Historic Context of Mining Archaeology of the Wenatchee Mountains within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness" (2012). All Master's Theses. 1585.