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UND faculty researches ND crew camps

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GRAND FORKS -- A team of researchers led by faculty from the University of North Dakota are working on the "North Dakota Man Camp Project" to document social conditions in camps in North Dakota's Oil Patch.

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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 multi-national 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 from UND.

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