Saloons in the Wild West and Taverns in Mesopotamia

  title={Saloons in the Wild West and Taverns in Mesopotamia},
  author={Kelly J. Dixon},
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 first involved an experiment to retrieve DNA from a tobacco pipestem recovered from one of these establishments; the pipestem is associated with late nineteenth-century stratigraphic deposits from an African American saloon. The DNA profile indicates that a woman used the pipe, evoking questions… CONTINUE READING