Big Jobs in Thin Places – Construction Projects in Historic Western Towns

When: April 27th, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Where: APWA Conference, Laughlin, Nevada

Project Archaeologist, Stuart Rathbone, discussed the delicate nature of archaeological deposits in historic western towns and how construction projects are adapting to the challenges these elements present.


Historic western architecture has an unusually ‘thin’ quality, with stylistic façades applied to simple wooden frames. The relatively young age of western towns means archaeological deposits are noticeably ‘thinner’ than are typically found in older settlements. In combination, this ‘thinness’ means that construction projects in western towns are occurring within particularly delicate historic environments. This presentation reviewed how a number of different western towns have responded to this challenge with varying levels of success.

If you would like to know more about Broadbent’s Cultural Resources division, please contact Senior Archaeologist, Margo Memmott, at [email protected] or call 775-322-7969.

Post Categories: Cultural Resource Management, News

Tags: Archaeology, Broadbent, Westernarchitecture, Westerntowns

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