By Ailsa Parkin
The Archaeology of Burning Man: The Rise and Fall of Black Rock City. By Carolyn L. White. Archaeologies of Landscape in the Americas Series. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2020. Hardback, 288 pp. ISBN 978-0826361332.
The last sentence of this remarkable book states that ‘[a]ll cities are temporary, but some are more temporary than others’ (p. 233). To understand such cities, Carolyn White demonstrates the great promise of “active site archaeology”, using archaeological methods to examine such a site as it is constructed, inhabited and destroyed. Exploring the ephemeral city of Black Rock in the Nevada Desert, the location of …read more