A Look At Violence In A Western Mining District

Author(s): Robert McQueen

Year: 2016


Mining districts are inherently violent places. Deaths, accidents, and injuries are topics that appear liberally in historic literature; period newspapers almost gleefully reported on deaths caused by accidents and foul play. Suicide, however, was a form of death often accompanied by stigma, and frequently reported with overtones of pity. Rarely does violence manifest itself in the archaeological record. This paper discusses the unexpected discovery of a Depression-era suicide in a central Nevada mining camp. It will look at death in the camp in general, as well as the circumstances of his death compared to miners’ suicides from earlier and later eras. The analysis shows a disturbing trend toward suicide in miner’s lives.

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A Look At Violence In A Western Mining District. Robert McQueen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434657)

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Mining Nevada suicide

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North America United States of America

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 67