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Overview

The Archaeology of the Donner Party offers a new interpretation of the history of the Donner Party, based on the careful analysis of recently discovered artifacts. By supplementing the documentary record with the fruits of their scientific interpretation of physical remains, Hardesty and his colleagues not only provide exciting new information about the Donner Party but suggest promising avenues for further research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874172904
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Wilbur S. Shepperson Series
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Donner Party Saga 9
2 The Donner Party and Overland Emigration, 1840-1860 19
3 Archaeology of the Murphy Cabin 30
4 Archaeology of the Alder Creek Camp 53
5 Donner Party Baggage 76
6 New Directions in Donner Party Research 110
App. 1 Zooarchaeology of the Murphy Cabin Site 117
App. 2 Ceramics from the Alder Creek Camp 120
App. 3 The Timing of Donner Party Deaths 124
Notes 133
Literature Cited 145
Index 152
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