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Exchange Exemplar: Digging Burning Man, in a very literal sense


It's almost like a legend: the city that appears in the desert once a year, thrives for a week, then disappears... only to repeat the process a year later.

Burning Man IS legendary, but not like Brigadoon. It's a real place, a festival site in Nevada's Black Rock Desert that comes alive in late August and early September.

It's a bonanza for an anthropologist to study, and so Carolyn White does just that from her perch at the University of Nevada-Reno. White has not only visited, but has dug into the site, a story she tells in the book The Archaeology of Burning Man: The Rise and Fall of Black Rock City.

The author joined us in 2020 for this conversation.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.