Some news from our friends at the Southern Nevada Rock Art Association. Their next meeting is on Monday, July 27th, from 6:45 to 8:45 pm, at the Boca Park REI, 710 S. Rampart Blvd. The guest speaker will be Deron Duke, PhD of Far Western Anthropological Research Group presenting "New Finds Suggest Mammoth Hunting in the Great Salt Lake Desert."
Recent finds from the Great Salt Lake Desert are providing new evidence about the nature and distribution of Haskett projectile points in the Great Basin. The Haskett type is a rarely found representative of the Western Stemmed Tradition, a Paleoindian stone tool complex. The type is interpreted to be a spear point for hunting large game. A group of dates collected near the finds indicates ages between 13,000 and 12,000 calendar years ago for the wetlands used by hunters. The assemblage includes the largest complete Haskett specimen yet documented archaeologically, and another specimen that has tested positive to antiserum of the elephant family, presumably mammoth.
Check out the SNRAA events page for more information and future presentations. Their August talk will feature some of Sloan Canyon's own site stewards, Gordon Hamilton & Paul Renois!