Anthropology, Department of


First Advisor

Effie Athanassopoulos

Second Advisor

LuAnn Wandsnider

Third Advisor

Robert Shepard

Date of this Version

Summer 6-2021


Weber, June

2021 Urbanization of the Salt Plains: Early Industry and Material Culture of the Kauffman Neighborhood. Master's Thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Anthropology, Under Supervision of Professor Effie Athanassopoulos. Lincoln, Nebraska: June 2021

Copyright © 2021 June Weber


The material history of Lincoln, Nebraska has previously been addressed through several theses and papers, however, the Kauffman collection up to this point has not been thoroughly analyzed and summarized as a whole. Through this thesis, the results of data from the features excavated will be compared with the analysis of artifact collections revealing the social dynamics of both the individual household and the neighborhood itself. Census data and Sanborn maps will be integrated in order to better visualize changes in household composition and size throughout time. Primarily by analyzing glass bottles and ceramic assemblages found within individual privies, cisterns, and wells across the Kauffman neighborhood, occupation periods can be further summarized as well as trends of trade and consumer preferences within defined socioeconomic groups.

Advisor: Effie Athanassopoulos