This book is an archaeological excavation of anomalous phenomena that still lingers to haunt various locations in the anthracite coal region of Northe'stern Pennsylvania. The unearthing of this haunting presence is both a metaphorical excavation (the bringing ""into the light"" of various dramas, events, and experiences of an individual and collective nature), and a physical engagement (the emergence of ghostly presence through investigative field performances). This anthracite coal region drama is viewed through the use of a ""deep map"" of short, but compendious, ""ghost"" narratives. This ""deep map"" consists of autobiographical events, symmetrical archaeological practices, memories of local places, ethnic folklore, haunting traces and manifestations, natural history, the use of a scientific field methodology, and a sincere, and profound, sensitivity to the land. These ""ghost"" narratives are a subtle, multi-layered and ""deep mining"" of a small regional landscape that has long been neglected, and been perceived as ""insignificant"" social history. This book is meant to change that perception through a sensual unearthing of its haunting uncertainties.
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March 24, 2008
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