Boomtown Saloons: Archaeology And History In Virginia City (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

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Deals with the historical archaeology of the Old West. This book's account of the excavation and analysis of four nineteenth-century Virginia City, Nevada, saloon sites offers a fresh interpretation of the role of saloons in a mining boomtown.

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79 black and white photos; 2 maps

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Kelly J. Dixon is a professor of anthropology at the University of Montana. She specializes in historical archaeology in the American West, and in addition to her investigations among the ruins of western saloons she has recently conducted research at the site of the ill-fated Donner Party encampments in the eastern Sierra Nevada. This is her first book.

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Book Description University of Nevada Press, United States, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Boomtown Saloons was heralded upon its publication as a groundbreaking book on the historical archaeology of the Old West. Its account of the excavation and analysis of four nineteenth-century Virginia City, Nevada, saloon sites offers a provocative new interpretation of the role of saloons in a mining boomtown. Dixon, who participated in the excavation projects, discusses the meticulous work of the modern archaeologist and the technologies involved in analyzing evidence, and what these discoveries tell us about Virginia City s people and their social habits. Contrary to the image, perpetuated by films and legend, of Old West saloons as sites of violence and raucous entertainment, these establishments, including one owned by an African American businessman that offered some of the finest meals in the city, provided patrons a place to relax and dine with friends, participate in gambling and other amusements, and find a refuge from the anonymity and isolation that often afflicts a transient population. Available now in paperback, Boomtown Saloons s sparkling text and thoughtful interpretation of both physical and documentary evidence reveal an unknown aspect of the life and culture of one of the Old West s most storied cities. Dixon persuasively demonstrates that the traditional western saloon had a far more socially and ethnically diverse clientele than previously believed, and that it served a vital, complex social and economic role in its community. Seller Inventory # AAN9780874177039

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Book Description University of Nevada Press, Reno, 2007. Softcover. Condition: New. 256 pages. Softcover. New book. NEVADA. Archaeologist Kelly J. Dixon recounts the excavation of four historic saloon sites in Nevada's Virginia City, one of the West's most important boomtowns, and shows how the physical traces of this handful of disparate drinking places offer a new perspective on authentic life in the mining West. At its peak, Virginia City had a cosmopolitan population of over 20,000 people. Like people everywhere, they sought to pass their leisure time in congenial company, often in one or another of the four saloons studied here. Dixon's account of the role these four establishments played in the social and economic life of Virginia City offers keen insight into the businesses and people who made up the backdrop of a mining boomtown. Boomtown Saloons also offers an equally vivid portrait of the modern historical archaeologist who combines time-honored digging, reconstruction, and analysis methods with such cutting-edge technology as DNA analysis of saliva traces on a 150-year-old pipestem and chemical analysis of the residue in discarded condiment bottles. The book is illustrated with historical photographs and maps, as well as photographs of artifacts uncovered during the excavations of the four sites. Kelly J. Dixon is a professor of anthropology at the University of Montana. She specializes in Historical Archaeology in the American West, with recent research at the site of the ill-fated Donner Party in the eastern Sierras and in mining boomtowns such as Virginia City, Nevada. Her research areas include the archaeology of frontiers, boomtowns, landscapes, and mining and logging industries in the West. In addition to her expertise with archaeological field and laboratory methods, she is also experienced in forensic recovery techniques on historical sites. She is currently working with several graduate and undergraduate students to develop a historical archaeology research program in Montana and also has several students assisting the analysis of the Donner Party archaeological investigations. ". . . fascinating as a corrective to exaggerated historical accounts."ÑArchaeology "This delightful study gives us a better picture of life in a Nevada boomtown than we have ever had before." ÑMark Michel, American Archaeology "A cutting-edge delve into the fine nuances of what archaeology can tell us about America's past." ÑAmerican History Shelf "Dixon wields the right tools to paint us an accurate picture of 19th-century saloon culture." ÑTrue West (Key Words: Kelly J. Dixon, Nevada Boomtowns, Nineteenth Century Saloon Culture, Archaeology). book. Seller Inventory # 84113X1

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