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The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits$
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Rebecca Yamin and Donna J. Seifert

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056456

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056456.001.0001

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Brothels and Prostitution in the American West

Brothels and Prostitution in the American West

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The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits

Rebecca Yamin

Donna J. Seifert

University Press of Florida

This chapter reviews studies of the archaeology of brothels and prostitution in the American West. Early studies considered the material culture of the brothel and the saloon, partner institutions in mining towns. Archaeological data from recent excavations in Sandpoint, Idaho; Prescott, Arizona; Ouray, Colorado; Aliso Street, in Los Angeles, California; and Fargo, North Dakota; provide a wealth of data on the lives of women working in brothels. The chapter concludes with a consideration of how archaeological data and women’s first-person narratives help to reveal the lives and experiences of women in brothels of the West.

Keywords:   mining towns, saloons, brothels, prostitution, first-person narratives, material culture, American West

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