About the Author

Mark E. Miller, Ph.D

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Mark was raised on his family’s ranch in Carbon County, Wyoming, working there for 33 years until after he finished a Ph.D. in Anthropology. Following graduate work, he became Wyoming State Archaeologist and held that position for 30 years until 2014 when he retired. Mark wrote this historical nonfiction true crime drama about Big Nose George to share with the public one of the most impactful events in the early history of Carbon County, one that reverberates today throughout community efforts to promote its cultural heritage.

As Wyoming State Archaeologist, he published extensively on the prehistory and early history of the state and region. His technical and creative works have appeared in the University of South Dakota Press, University of Utah Press, Annals of Wyoming, and the Wyoming Archaeologist, among others. One of these publications was his book, Hollow Victory: The White River Expedition of 1879 and the Battle of Milk Creek, published by the University Press of Colorado. 

He also has written on aspects of Wyoming ranching in the national journal, North American Archaeologist. His writing includes both academic and creative literary pieces. 

Mark received a B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Wyoming in 1974, and M.A. in Anthropology from the same institution in 1976. His Ph. D. was conferred from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1979. As a creative writer, he earned a 2003 Resident Fellowship to the nationally known Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.  He is an Adjunct Professorship in Anthropology at the University of Wyoming, and makes his home in Albany County.