The Archaeology of Burning Man
The Rise and Fall of Black Rock City
Each August staff and volunteers begin to construct Black Rock City, a temporary city located in the hostile and haunting Black Rock Desert of northwestern Nevada. Every September nearly seventy thousand people occupy the city for Burning Man, an event that creates the sixth-largest population center in Nevada. By mid-September the infrastructure that supported the community is fully dismantled, and by October the land on which the city lay is scrubbed of evidence of its existence. The Archaeology of Burning Man examines this process of building, occupation, and destruction.
For nearly a decade Carolyn L. White has employed archaeological methods to analyze the various aspects of life and community in and around Burning Man and Black Rock City. With a syncretic approach, this work in active-site archaeology provides both a theoretical basis and a practical demonstration of the potential of this new field to reexamine the most fundamental conceptions in the social sciences.
"Profound . . .will provoke much discussion."--H-Net
"It's an involved participant observation that guides readers to, through, and around the Burning Man community. It's also an engaging and fascinating read that will interest archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, Burners (those who attend Burning Man), and fans of the annual attraction."--Kathleen L. Sheppard, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly
List of Illustrations
Chapter One. Black Rock City: A Description of the World
Chapter Two. Thinking the World: Social Space, the Accursed Share, and Meshworks
Chapter Three. The Rise of the City
Chapter Four. Infrastructure at Burning Man
Chapter Five. Households at Burning Man
Chapter Six. Theme Camps
Chapter Seven. Village Life
Chapter Eight. The Fall of the City
Chapter Nine. Epilogue: The Active Site of Black Rock City