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Industrial Archeologist

Research industrialization and learn how it has influenced society.

What does an Industrial Archeologist do?

For an Industrial Archeologist, every day is an Industrial Revolution. Part History Teacher, part Archeologist, the Industrial Archeologist studies the rise of industrialization and its effects on society and the economy.

As an Industrial Archeologist, you travel frequently between the office and the sites you’re researching. You investigate old factories, mills, and manufacturing plants both in person and through photographs, video clips, and newspaper articles. They may not run anymore, but evaluating how they once worked proves invaluable to charting the evolution of that industry.

Beyond discovering how the plant itself worked, you research other factors, such as modes of transportation that were vital to the industry’s survival. A steel mill or manufacturing plant needed a way to receive supplies, whether by train or by boat.

When an in-person visit isn’t enough to satisfy your curiosity, you interview those who may have worked at the plant, or are descendants of those who did. Old diaries and journal entries can also provide clues into the lives of industrial workers.

From the architecture of the building to the economic effects the factory had during that time period, you take all your notes and turn them into a finalized report. You may lecture on the subject, publish articles in journals, or even create a website. The goal is to spread knowledge of how industry has grown and what we can learn from that today.