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Forum Communications, Published August 24 2012

Faculty research North Dakota man camps

GRAND FORKS – A team of researchers led by faculty from the University or North Dakota is working on the “North Dakota Man Camp Project” to document social conditions in camps in North Dakota’s Oil Patch.

The interdisciplinary team, led by William Caraher, from UND’s history department, and Bret Weber, from the social work department, recently conducted field research. The project will combine oral history interviews and archaeological documentation. The team also took aerial photographs from a specially prepared kite.

The research will describe camps ranging from formal crew camps used by multinational corporations to rugged and informal tents and trailers.

“The project is the first systematic archaeological and historical study of the man camps in the Bakken,” Caraher said in a news release.