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Visual Evidence

Drawing 3: Detail map of the trash and rubble scatter from the collapsed cable-way terminal building. [Drawing 3] with link to larger version of image.
(National Park Service, Western Archeological and Conservation Center Drawing)

Tourists and visitors often steal artifacts from archeological sites. Part of an archeologist's job is to study artifacts and interpret them to the public. If all of the artifacts were taken, what would be left to tell us about the miners and their families, who lived, worked, and died at Johnson Lake Mine? The artifacts and information that we get from them belong to all of us. When artifacts are stolen and their provenience (the information about the location where an artifact was found) is lost, it is lost forever.

Questions for Drawing 3

1. Examine Drawing 3. Note the distance from the trail to the trash and rubble scatter. Do you think it is a good idea to have the trail so close to the archeological artifacts at Johnson Lake Mine? Why or why not?

2. Compare Drawing 1 and Drawing 3. Locate the trail in both drawings. How might Johnson Lake Mine have been affected by the location of the trail?

3. Assuming the point of view of an archeologist, and keeping in mind that archeological artifacts are often stolen from sites, how might the Johnson Lake Mine site be affected by the public?

* The image on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Drawing 3, but be aware that the file will take as much as 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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