Archaeologists write about Donner Party
A new book by archaeologists at three institutions, including the University of Oregon, takes a comprehensive look at the Donner Party tragedy through science, historical records and myths.
"An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party's Alder Creek Camp" details what researchers found at a hearth site during excavations in the summers of 2003 and 2004. They found 16,204 small bone fragments, from which just 105 were large enough to be linked to species - none human - on the Alder Creek site near Truckee, Calif.
The 384-page book was published by University of Oklahoma Press. "Our work has focused on the analysis of both historical and archaeological sources to understand how the emigrants survived," said co-editor Julie Schablitsky, senior research archaeologist at the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History, who led the project.
Readings and signings
John Daniel and Ann Staley - Daniel, author of "The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life and Literature," and Staley, author of the poetry collection "Primary Sources," will read from their work, 5:30 p.m., Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. Free.