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An Evening with author Dr. George R. Scott

November 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


George R Scott, noted author of An Archeology of Desperation, will be sharing his insights on the Donner Party story during our monthly educational series at the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center.  Doors open at 5 pm and the program begins at 5:30pm.  His book will be available for sale and signing after the program.  There will be light snacks and wine available for a small donation.  There is no cost to attend and parking is free.  Donations to the Sierra State Parks Foundation are warmly accepted. 

About the book:

The Donner Party is almost inextricably linked with cannibalism. In truth, we know remarkably little about what actually happened to the starving travelers stranded in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846–47. Combining the approaches of history, ethnohistory, archaeology, bioarchaeology, and social anthropology, this innovative look at the Donner Party’s experience at the Alder Creek Camp offers insights into many long-unsolved mysteries.

About the Author:

Richard Scott earned his PhD in physical anthropology at Arizona State University in 1973. He taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1973 to 1997, at which time he became emeritus Professor of Anthropology. From 2001 to the present, he has been on the anthropology faculty at the University of Nevada Reno where he is now a Foundation Professor. He just returned from a year-long sabbatical leave in Australia where he collaborated on a book and observed 1800 dental casts from diverse world groups. His research focuses on dental anthropology with an emphasis on tooth crown and root morphology. Geographically, he has focused on the American Southwest, Alaska, Norse in the North Atlantic, and Spanish Basques. He has authored three books and edited two. In 2004, he participated in the excavation at the Alder Creek site spearheaded by Dr. Kelly Dixon. He co-authored a paper on cannibalism for The Archaeology of Desperation, edited by K. Dixon et al.


November 18, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm