Logan Simpson Archaeologist Joey LaValley Presents Charcoal Paper at SHA

Logan Simpson Archaeologist Joey LaValley presented the paper “The Beginning of the End: An Economic Impact Analysis on Late 19th-Century Charcoal Production in the Roberts Mountains of Eureka County, Nevada” at the Society of Historic Archaeology Conference this January. In the late 19th century, mining companies in Eureka, Nevada used charcoal to fuel their smelters.

Logan Simpson documented a previously unknown network of charcoal production sites that date to the waning years of the local charcoal industry. The paper examines the resources required to produce the charcoal needed to fuel smelting operations and attempts to measure the economic impacts on the local charcoal industry as operations began to decline.