Archeology and Everyday Life at Fort Union

Fort Union archaeology ruins

Publication: New Mexico Historical Review, Vol. 40, No. 1

Author: Rex L. Wilson

Date of Publication: 1965



We live in an age which places great emphasis on specialization, and almost all of us are specialists of one kind or another. The term “archeology” is no longer applicable in its broad sense, because there are several different kinds of archeology and specially trained archeologists. A comparatively recent specialization is generally referred to as “Historic Site Archeology,” and represents a break with the tradition that where archeology leaves off history begins and; conversely, that if a thing is historic it cannot be archeological.