Donald L. Hardesty

Donald L. HardestyProfessor Emeritus, Anthropology
Ph.D. University of Oregon
Ansari Business, Room 501A


Historical archaeology, industrial archaeology, historic preservation, archaeological theory and method, ecological anthropology, western U.S.


  1. Archaeology of colonization and the evolution of transportation and communication networks
  2. Archaeology of the mining industry in the American West
  3. Archaeology of cultural identity
  4. Landscape archaeology


  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Ancient New World Civilizations
  • Archaeological Methods
  • Field Methods in Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Principles of Historic Preservation
  • World Architecture

Selected Publications

  • In Press Mining Archaeology in the American West: A View from the Silver State. University of Nebraska Press.
  • 2009 Assessing Site Significance: A Guide for Archaeologists and Historians, Second Edition (with Barbara Little). AltaMira Press.
  • 2007 "Perspectives on Global-Change Archaeology." American Anthropologist 109 (1): 1-7.
  • 2004 "Archaeology and the Chinese Experience in Nevada." In Ethnic Oasis: The Chinese in the Black Hills, by Liping Zhu and Rose Estep Fosha, pp. 69-85. South Dakota Historical Society Press, Pierre, South Dakota.
  • 2003 "Safety and the Ethics of Archaeological Fieldwork." In Ethical Issues in Archaeology, edited by Larry Zimmerman, Julie Zimmer, and Karen Vitelli, pp. 201-212. AltaMira Press.
  • 2003 "Mining Rushes and Landscape Learning in the Modern World." In Colonization of Unfamiliar Landscapes: The Archaeology of Adaptation, edited by Marcy Rockman and James Steele, pp. 81-95. Routledge Press, London.
  • 2001 "Archaeology and Environmental Change" (with Don D. Fowler). In New Directions in Anthropology and Environment, edited by Carole Crumley, pp. 72-89. AltaMira Press.
  • 2000 "Speaking in Tongues: the Multiple Voices of Fieldwork in Industrial Archaeology." IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology 26 (2): 43-47.
  • 2001 "Issues in Preserving Toxic Wastes as Heritage Site," The Public Historian 23 (2): 19-28.
  • 2000 "Ethnographic Landscapes: Transforming Nature into Culture." In Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America, edited by Arnold R. Alanen and Robert Z. Melnick, pp. 169-185. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
  • 1999 "Archaeological Models of the Modern World in the Great Basin: World Systems and Beyond." In Current Models in Great Basin Anthropology, edited by Charlotte Beck, pp. 213-219. University of Utah Press.
  • 1998 "Power and the Industrial Mining Community in the American West." In Social Approaches to an Industrial Past: The Archaeology and Anthropology of Mining, edited by A. Bernard Knapp, Vincent C. Pigott, and Eugenia W. Herbert, pp. 81-96. Routledge Press, London.
  • 1997 Archaeology of the Donner Party, University of Nevada Press, Reno, Nevada.
  • 1998 "Gender and Archaeology on the Comstock." In Women on the Comstock Lode, edited by Elizabeth Raymond and Ronald James, pp. 283-302. University of Nevada Press
  • 1994 Class, Gender Strategies, and Material Culture in the Mining West. In Those of Little Note: Gender, Race, and Class in Historical Archaeology, edited by Elizabeth Scott, pp. 129-145. University of Arizona Press.
  • 1992 The Miner's Domestic Household: Perspectives from the American West, In Sozialgeschichte des Bergbau im 19. und 20. Jahrundert (Toward a Social History of Mining in the 19th and 20th Centuries), edited by Klaus Tenfelde, pp. 180-196. Verlag C.H. Beck, Munchen, Germany.