The Archaeology of the Donner Party
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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The Donner Party Saga
Archaeology of the Murphy Cabin
Archaeology of the Alder Creek Camp
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age and days-to-death Alder Creek camp Alder Creek campsite American Aqua Aqua beads blue Cobalt blue Blue shell edged Body Body Body bone fragments bottle Breen cabin Breen's diary button C. F. McGlashan California Trail ceramic tableware Cobalt blue Cobalt Died in mountains Donner family Donner Family Camp Donner Houghton Donner Lake Donner party Donner party members Donner party period Donner Party Tragedy Donner shelter Eddy Eliza excavators found females Figure footrings George Donner glass Graves Graves-Reed cabin Hardesty Hastings cutoff History Humboldt River Ibid Jacob Donner John lake camp layer lead balls males mountain camps Ordeal by Hunger Oregon overland emigrants Overland in 1846 Patrick Breen Patrick Breen's percussion caps Plains relief party remains rock route Sierra Nevada Sprig painted Stewart stratum Tahoe National Forest Tamsen Donner traveling Truckee River University of Nevada Unknown Unknown Unruh wagon Weddell Whiteware Blue shell William written accounts