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House of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

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On September 11, 1857, some 120 men, women, and children from the Arkansas hills were murdered in the remote desert valley of Mountain Meadows, Utah. This notorious massacre was, in fact, a mass execution: having surrendered their weapons, the victims were bludgeoned to death or shot at point-blank range. The perpetrators were local Mormon militiamen whose motives have bee ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published February 27th 2008 by University of Utah Press
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My advisor's first book details the history and bioarchaeology of the Mountain Meadows massacre, which was a slaughter of a group of families travelling west in the 1800s by Mormons in Utah. I read and helped proofread the book in manuscript form; I'll be buying my copy as soon as it is available!
A captivating and first-rate interdisciplinary study of the Mountain Meadows massacre that happened in Utah in 1857.

Shannon Novak bases her study in part on familiar documentary sources, but she also presents the results of her own examination of some of the victims' skeletal remains. (Novak is a biological anthropologist working at Syracuse University.) Unlike previous authors, who have emphasized the events of the crime, Novak chooses to describe the lives of the murdered settlers; much of her
I enjoyed this book but wanted it to be so much more than it was. The author is a forensic anthropologist who examined the bones (in 1999) of some of the victims of the MMM when their remains were inadvertantly disinterred during the excavation for a new monument. I realize she was only able to give the bones a quick and cursory examination. And I find it remarkable that so much information can be determined simply by a few bones. But I still feel like her book is incomplete somehow. When I fini ...more
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