By Eugenia W. Herbert, A. Bernard Knapp, Vincent C. Pigott

Social methods to an commercial Past addresses the social problems with mining groups in study spanning a interval of 4,500 years. the quantity considers issues that are fairly new to archaeology:
* the social context of production
* gender
* strength and labour exploitation
* imperialism and colonialism
* creation and know-how.

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A large part of the population preferred to live on the company’s lease, where they built their own cottages along their own streets, creating a spontaneous, unstructured tangle of settlement immediately alongside the government town. To this day it is called Moonta Mines to distinguish it from the official town. Even more complicated was the settlement that grew up at the Sons of Gwalia gold mine in the Western Australian desert at the end of the century. Here there were three towns, two created by the government and one by the miners.

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