Ford Publishes on the Archaeology of Carriage Building

Posted on 1/28/2015 12:37:50 PM

Ben Ford, Department of Anthropology, recently published “The Cruttenden Carriage Works: The Development and Decline of Carriage Production in New Haven Connecticut” in IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology.

The Cruttenden Carriage Works in New Haven, Connecticut, stood for less than a century, but housed two different industries and witnessed several internal changes within a largely unaltered external shell. During the building’s 96-year growth and decline, the surrounding community went from an incipient industrial district, to a bustling single industry community, to a slum. The physical and documentary remains of the Cruttenden Carriage Works provide evidence of the growth and decline of the carriage industry and how the industry shaped the surrounding neighborhood.

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Data for this article were collected when Ford was working as cultural resource management archaeologist in New England. Since coming to IUP, he has been telling Applied Archaeology Program students that they should publish their major projects in peer-reviewed journals so that other archaeologists can easily access the information. Now he can preach with a clear conscious—the Cruttenden excavation was the last of his pre-IUP projects to be published.

IA is the principal forum for the publication of current research in industrial archeology. Each issue of this peer-reviewed journal contains scholarly articles, essays, and book reviews.

This research was funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., and was supported by PAL, Inc. of Pawtucket, RI.

Department of Anthropology