Status Indicators

Another Strategy for Interpretation of Settlement Pattern in a Nineteenth-Century Industrial Village
  • Paul M. Heberling


The crumbling piles of masonry, which are old furnace sites, are so common in rural Pennsylvania that their significance is usually overlooked. Yet the charcoal iron industry reflected a remarkable episode in American history—a time when the personal touch of the craftsman was still part of the industrial product. At the same time, the industry was contributing profoundly to the sociocultural development of central Pennsylvania and, to a lesser degree, to the Middle Atlantic states. Among other things, it was influential in the final location of the Pennsylvania Canal, and subsequently, to the routing of the Pennsylvania Railroad.


Blast Furnace Settlement Pattern House Site Historical Archaeology Wage Scale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul M. Heberling
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyJuniata CollegeHuntingdonUSA

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