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An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party’s Alder Creek Camp University of Oklahoma Press Kelly J. Dixon


31st August 2011 History Books 0 Comments

The Donner Party is almost inextricably linked with cannibalism. In truth, we know remarkably little about what actually happened to the starving travelers stranded in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846–47. Combining the approaches of history, ethnohistory, archaeology, bioarchaeology, and social anthropology, this innovative look at the Donner Party’s experience at the Alder Creek Camp offers insights into many long-unsolved mysteries.

Kelly J. Dixon is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana and author of Boomtown Saloons: Archaeology and History in Virginia City.

Julie M. Schablitsky is Senior Research Archaeologist at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon, and the editor of Box Office Archaeology: Refining Hollywood’s Portrayals of the Past.

Shannon A. Novak is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, and author of House of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

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