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Lost CityBurrowing into the sandhills of Southern Nevada, archeologists have uncovered the homes and utensils of a thriving Indian civilization which existed 300 or 400 years before ...
Newberry CaveThe cave shows evidence of having been used by Native Americans for a very long time; human artifacts found here have been dated ...
Tomo-KahniA tomo kahni was a winter home, as called by the Kawaiisu Indians. In this particular instance Tomo-Kahni is the winter village of the Kawaiisu. Evidence indicates the village was well populated and inhabited for a very long time. ...
GeoglyphsA geoglyph is a large design or motif (generally longer than 4 meters) produced on the ground and typically formed by clastic rocks or similarly durable elements of the landscape, such as stones, stone fragments, gravel, or earth. A positive geoglyph is formed by the arrangement and alignment of materials on the ground in a manner akin to petroforms, while a negative geoglyph is formed by removing patinated clasts to expose unpatinated ground in a manner akin to petroglyphs.
Here, upon this land where you now stand, is the Topock Maze; indeed, a cultural site of much importance to the tribe. To this site the AhaMakav warriors returning home from battle first paused for purification before continuing home. ...
Rock ArtRock art comes in two varieties, petroglyphs and pictographs. The difference between the two types is the manner in which they were made.
PetroglyphsPetroglyphs were pecked into the surface of ...
PictographsPictographs were painted on the rock.
BasketryIt has always amazed me…the first person that walked into the forest, and come out with a basket.
~Vivien Hailstone (Yurok/Karuk/Hoopa Valley tribe)
Projectile Points and EdgesProgression of prehistoric projectile point and edge tools over the last 10,000 years.
Notes, Definitions and Misc.
What is Archaeology?
Archaeological Time Periods
Mining - Native Americans in the Mojave Desert used finegrained volcanic rocks, chalcedony, and chert for cutting, chopping, and piercing tools. They used coarse crystalline rocks and vesicular basalt to abrade and grind vegetable and animal material, clays for pottery, salts for tanning, and metallic oxides for pigment. Turquoise and other stones were used for jewelry and ceremonial objects.
Old ores: mines and mineral marketing in the east Mojave Desert
Robert E. Reynolds and Ted Weasma
hor·ti·cul·ture - [hawr-ti-kuhl-cher] noun
The cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
The science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants
— hor·ti·cul·tur·al adjective
— hor·ti·cul·tur·al·ly adverb
— hor·ti·cul·tur·ist also hor·ti·cul·tur·al·ist noun
Fossil Shell Layers
These lakes supported Anodonta, whose shells constitute a major component of late prehistoric middens in the area.