The Aurora Neighborhoods Project was launched in 2012 as a long-term project designed to examine the multifaceted and diverse lives of the inhabitants of Aurora, Nevada. Focusing on the domestic scale, this project examines the use and manipulation of the domestic landscape and the material culture across multiple households. The scale of the town, the documentation of its residents, and the incredibly well preserved nature of the site allow an examination of daily life in this vibrant western mining town. In 2012 we investigated the house and yard of Isaac Levy and his family, a Jewish family that lived, married, and had a child during their long stay in Aurora.
In 2013 we will continue to study the households of Jewish families in Aurora, returning to the Levy House and investigating the homes of additional families in the first half of the field school. We will spend the second half of the field school investigating the homes of Chinese timber cutters and charcoal makers.
This field school is open to students from any university. You do not need to be a University of Nevada, Reno student to participate, and all students who apply are eligible for a scholarship award.
For more information contact Dr. Carolyn L. White, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557; (775) 682-7688; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katee Withee and Alan Burgio excavate a feature at the Levy House, 2012.
Chinese cabin at the China Camp site.
The town of Aurora, Nevada. In 1861 the population was approximately 7,000.
Field school 2012!
Mapping the Levy House with plane table and alidade, 2012.
Miner's cabin, ca. 1920s.