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Industrial Archaeology


According to the Nizhny Tagil Charter for the Industrial Heritage (2003) of the The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), the world organisation representing industrial heritage and special adviser to ICOMOS on industrial heritage, industrial archaeology is ‘an interdisciplinary method of studying all the evidence, material and immaterial, of documents, artefacts, stratigraphy and structures, human settlements and natural and urban landscapes, created for or by industrial processes.'

In South Africa industrial archaeology relates chiefly, but not exclusively, to the development of infrastructure for transport by way of sea, road, rail and air; mining and its associated industries such as the manufacture of explosives; management of water and the delivery of electrical power.