Faculty Profile


Kelly Dixon

Kelly Dixon

Professor

Email: kelly.dixon@mso.umt.edu
Office: Social Sciences 235 and Social Sciences SS 244 (laboratory)
Office Hours:

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Personal Website

Current Position

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Courses

Anthropology 252 Archaeological Wonders of the World

Anthropology 455 Artifact Analysis

Anthropology 395 The Archaeology and Anthropology of Olduvai Gorge

Anthropology 466 Archaeological Survey Methods

Anthropology 456 Historical Archaeology

Anthropology 487 Anthropological Field Experience

Anthropology 495 Landscape Archaeology

Anthropology 495 Archaeological Field School: Coloma Ghost Town Field School, Terrace Garden Field School and related projects

Anthropology 503 Graduate Seminar in Cultural Resource Interpretation

Anthropology 551 Graduate Seminar in Historical Archaeology

Personal Summary

Kelly J. Dixon (PhD, University of Nevada) is a Professor of Anthropology at The University of Montana.

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).

Dr. Dixon is currently developing student-oriented interdisciplinary archaeological research at historic-period sites throughout Montana; she is mentoring PhD, MA, and Undergraduate students who are working on applied and academic archaeological topics in the American West and throughout the world.

Education

PhD, University of Nevada

Research Interests

Kelly J. Dixon is an archaeologist and Professor at the University of Montana’s Department of Anthropology. She specializes in archaeologies of adaptation, boomtowns, colonization, colonialism, extractive industries, human-environment interactions, landscape transformations, and marginalized populations. Living and working in the North American West for 20 years, Dixon’s research includes case studies from this region that underscore the international connections this region has with the rest of the world. Dr. Dixon is dedicated to developing student-oriented interdisciplinary archaeological research and serves as a mentor to Ph.D., M.A., and Undergraduate students.

While at UM, Dixon continued partnerships with federal, state, tribal, local agencies, numerous stakeholders, as well as with other universities to integrate research with teaching the next generation of archaeologists to responsibly and respectfully preserve and protect cultural and natural heritage. Knowing the importance of documenting and researching natural and cultural resource data to ensure sound, sustainable land management, she is committed to training students to transcend the nature-culture divide by partnering with students and colleagues in other fields, as well as with various government and private agencies, to develop sound, interdisciplinary research agendas and management plans.

Selected Publications

 

In Review [2018 publication] "Landscapes of Change: Culture, Nature, and the Archaeological Heritage of Transcontinental Railroads in the North American West." In Chinese Railroad Workers in North America (an overview of Stanford University’s Chinese Railroad Workers in North America project), edited by Gordon Chang, Shelley Fisher-Fishkin, and Roland Hsu, Stanford University Press.

In Press “Contact Period Artifacts at Bridge River Housepit 54," co-authored with Mary Bobbitt, C. Riley Augé, and T.A. Foor. In The Last House at Bridge River:  The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Household in British Columbia during the Fur Trade Period, edited by Anna Marie Prentiss, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

2017 “Rock Hearths and Rural Wood Camps in Jīn Shān/Gām Saan 金山: National Register of Historic Places Evaluations of 19th-century Chinese Logging Operations at Heavenly Ski Resort in the Lake Tahoe Basin.”  In Historical Archaeology of the American West, University of Nebraska Press, edited by Margaret Purser and Mark Warner, chapter co-authored with Carrie Smith.

2016 "Landscapes of Change: Culture, Nature, and the Archaeological Heritage of Railroads in the American West," in 北美华工与广东侨乡社会 [The North America Chinese Laborers and Guangdong Qiaoxiang Society, Proceedings], Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.

2015 “Inscribed in Stone: Historic Inscriptions and the Cultural Heritage of Railroad Workers,” co-authored with Timothy Rostov Urbaniak, Historical Archaeology 49(1):100-109.

2014 "Historical Archaeologies in the American West." Journal of Archaeological Research 22(3):177-228.

2012 “'Verily the Road was Built with Chinaman's Bones': Archaeology of Chinese Line Camps in Montana."  International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 16(4):666-695, co-authored with Christopher Merritt and Gary Weisz.

 2012 An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party’s Alder Creek Camp. (editor and contributing author to three chapters, Julie M. Schablitsky and Shannon A. Novak, co-editors), University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. Winner of the Society for Historical Archaeology's James Deetz Book Award.

 2012 "'A Place of Recreation of Our Own': Archaeology of the Boston Saloon." In The Materiality of Freedom: Archaeologies of Post-Emancipation Life, edited by Jodi Barnes, University of South Caroline Press, Columbia, pp. 115-135.

2011 “Coloma Mining District: Gold Mining and Community in Western Montana’s Garnet Range. Co-authored with Marta A. Timmons, Industrial Archeology 37(1 and 2): 61-78.

2011 “The Signature of Starvation: A Comparison of Bone Processing at a Chinese Encampment in Montana and the Donner Party Camp in California.”  Historical Archaeology 45(2):97-112. Co-authored with M. Ellis, C. Merritt, and S. Novak. 

2010  “’Men, Women, Children Starving’: Archaeology of the Donner Family Camp.” American Antiquity, 75(3):627-656. Co-authored with S. Novak, G. Robbins, J. Schablitsky, G. R. Scott, and G. Tasa.

2007 “The Donner Party: An Archaeological Perspective on a Tragedy in the Sierras.” Historical Methods, 40(4):179-181. 

2007 “When Fancy Gets The Upper Hand of Fact: Historical Archaeology and Popular Culture in the American West.” SAA Archaeological Record, 7(3):19-25.

2006 “Sidling Up to the Archaeology of Western Saloons: Historical Archaeology Takes on the Wild of the West.” World Archaeology, 38(4):576-585.

2006 “Saloons in the Wild West and Taverns in Ancient Mesopotamia: Explorations Along the Timeline of Public Drinking.” In Between Dirt and Discussion: Methods and Methodology in Historical Archaeology, edited by Steven Archer and Kevin Bartoy, pp. 61-79. Springer [Academic] Press, New York and London.

2006 “Archaeology of the Boston Saloon.” African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter, June 2006.  http://www.diaspora.uiuc.edu/news0606/news0606.html#2

2006 “Survival of Biological Evidence on Artifacts: Applying Forensic Techniques at the Boston Saloon.”  Historical Archaeology 40(3):20-30.

2006 “Forensic Technology and the Historical Archaeologist.” Historical Archaeology 40(3):1-7. Co-authored with Julie Schablitsky and Mark Leney.

 2005  Boomtown Saloons: Archaeology and History in Virginia City, Nevada.  University of Nevada Press, Reno.

Specialized Skills

Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology

Home Department

Department of Anthropology 

Area of Expertise

Archaeologies of the American West (with an emphasis on African and Asian diaspora in the region); Archaeologies of Colonization and Colonialism; Archaeology of the Adaptation; Global Change Archaeology; Landscape Archaeology