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Mojave River Valley Museum
Prehistoric Indian Cultures
No one is sure when man first came to the Mojave. Recently, Mojave Desert petroglyphs
(rock pictures) have played an important role in debates about the age of the first
human occupation of the New World. New dating results show that Paleoindians may
have reached this area as long as 15,500 years ago. No associated habitation sites have
yet been discovered in the Mojave, however, which suggests that these prehistoric peoples
moved from place to place. They lived on
shores of lakes
and a cool and moist climate prevailed. Streams and marshes covered the area. There was large game
such as bison, mammoths and mastodons. They hunted these with spears and used darts to fish.
They gathered edible plants which were also plentiful.
Prehistoric Cultures in the Death Valley RegionDuring the Pleistocene Era, a period that witnessed a cool, moist climate south of the continental ice sheets, these rivers formed an ...
Early Cultures in the Mojave DesertThese early people, called “Paleo Indians,” are known mainly from their stone tools. One distinctive style of stone tool is ...
Pinto CultureProjectile points found along an extinct water channel in the Pinto Basin represent the earliest known human occupation of ...
PetroglyphsRock art comes in two varieties, petroglyphs and pictographs. The difference between the two types is the manner in which they ...
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