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Historical Archaeologies of the American West
Historical archaeology in western North America includes a vast collection of research that underscores the region’s dynamic cultural heritage. Here, I review a sample of the literature related to
Thermal energetics of Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Chiroptera : Vespertilionidae) at the southern limits of its distribution
The energetics of the lesser long-eared bat at the southern limits of its distribution was examined to determine whether this species shows any latitudinal variation in this aspect of its physiological ecology.
“Men, Women, and Children Starving”: Archaeology of the Donner Family Camp
In spring of 1846, the George and Jacob Donner families and some 80 traveling companions began their overland trek to California. When the party ascended the Sierra Nevada in late October, a
“Verily the Road was Built with Chinaman’s Bones”: An Archaeology of Chinese Line Camps in Montana
Transcontinental railroads conveyed information and resources that fueled the Gilded Age’s quintessential financial and political corporate corruption and related social inequalities. Construction of
Saloons in the Wild West and Taverns in Mesopotamia
Two serendipitous occurrences occurred during a comparative study among the archaeological ruins of a handful of diverse, nineteenth-century boomtown saloons in northern Nevada’s Virginia City. The
Sidling up to the archaeology of western saloons: historical archaeology takes on the wild of the West
Abstract The historic period in the American West retains an infamous reputation because of sensational tales that sold newspapers. Nineteenth-century media audiences were subsequently exposed to a
The Signature of Starvation: A Comparison of Bone Processing at a Chinese Encampment in Montana and the Donner Party Camp in California
Analysis of faunal remains from the historic China Gulch site in western Montana have shed light on behavioral strategies deployed by a marginalized population in a relatively undocumented historical
Survival of Biological Evidence on Artifacts: Applying Forensic Techniques at the Boston Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada
The Boston Saloon was an African American-owned business that operated during the 1860s and the 1870s in the mining boomtown of Virginia City, Nevada. Most materials recovered from this establishment