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Kelly Dixon


Department: Anthropology

University System: University of Montana - Missoula


Professional Summary:

Kelly J. Dixon specializes in archaeology in the American West, with interests in archaeologies of adaptation, colonization, colonialism, landscapes, landscape transformations, human-environment interactions, boomtowns, extractive industries, marginalized populations, and text-aided approaches to archaeology. Among Dixon’s recent publications are: An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party's Alder Creek Camp, University of Oklahoma Press (2012), co-editor and contributing author (winner of the Society for Historical Archaeology's 2013 James Deetz Book Award); "A Place of Recreation of Our Own": Archaeology of the Boston Saloon, in The Materiality of Freedom: Archaeologies of Post-Emancipation Life (2012); "Verily the Road was Built with Chinaman's Bones": Archaeology of Chinese Line Camps in Montana, International Journal of Historical Archaeology (2012), co-author; “'Men, Women, and Children Starving': Archaeology of the Donner Family Camp,” American Antiquity (2010), co-author; “When Fancy Gets The Upper Hand of Fact: Historical Archaeology and Popular Culture in the American West,” Archaeological Record (2007); "Survival of Biological Evidence on Artifacts: Applying Forensic Techniques at the Boston Saloon," Historical Archaeology (2006); Sidling Up to the Archaeology of Western Saloons: Historical Archaeology Takes on the Wild of the West, World Archaeology (2006); Saloons in the "Wild" West and Taverns in Ancient Mesopotamia: Explorations Along the Timeline of Public Drinking, in Between Dirt and Discussion (2006); Boomtown Saloons: Archaeology and History in Virginia City, University of Nevada Press (2005).

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