Caroline Kunioka, from the Nevada State Museum, joined Mary Beth Timm and Ginny Lucas, from the Lost City Museum, for a wonderful workshop on reconstructing pottery! Caroline, a skilled conservator, demonstrated and helped participants learn the materials and techniques for piecing ceramics back together.
“It was like rebuilding a 3D puzzle in a sandbox with glue. Totally fun!”
Archaeologist, Spencer Lodge with the US Fish and Wildlife Service led a tour of the archaeology in and round the visitor's center at Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Participants braved the cold to see the sights and hear the stories Spencer had to share.
This event was the kick off for NVFCP's workshop fair series on Containers. A presentation on organic containers like gourds and bladders was followed by coil basket instruction and practice. After we tried our hands at making coil baskets, Mary Beth Timm with the Lost City Museum provided a presentation on the basketry at the museum.
NVFCP in partnership with NSSP taught a class on archaeology and cultural resource preservation for the Nevada Naturalists. We processed plants with stone tools and created cordage from yucca leaves. Attendees left the 3 hour course with an appreciation for cultural resources and a better understanding of how they can help preserve them.
We ended up with three vehicle loads of used goods for our fundraiser. Thank you to all the people who gave us their used goods to drop off at Saver's. They paid us 20 cents per pound for soft goods and 10 cents per pound for hard goods. We made just under $90.00.
A large group of Nevada Site Stewards, BLM Archaeologists, and NVFCP Volunteers had a two day adventure. The first day we divided into groups to explore a dense prehistoric site area to look for recent human visitation. After bumps, bruises, a few cuts and a lot of looking at petroglyphs, our field adventure ended with a taco dinner provided by NVFCP's Anne Carter Fund. On the second day, volunteers and site stewards were treated to a short talk about the Black Canyon area and a short binocular tour of the glyphs that will soon be available to be visited via hiking trails dotted with informative displays at Pahranagant National Wildlife Refuge.
A group of NVFCP folks met at Axe Monkeys in Las Vegas to try our skills at axe throwing and using an atlatl to throw darts. Everyone had a blast and were tired right when our hour ended. It was great to see everyone encourage one another, laughing, applauding, and having a great time.
Theme: Prehistoric Hunting & Gathering
NVFCP organized a day full of talks and workshops. The event was held at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and guest speakers and workshop instructors came from the College of Southern Nevada, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, the Nevada Site Stewardship Program, and the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District Office.
Participants had a great time learning about archaeology in an informal and creative way.
NVFCP hopes to host an archaeology workshop fair each year.
Volunteers, including many site stewards, assisted the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the Bureau of Land Management in removing trash and fire pits illegally placed inside the boundaries of an important cultural site. Back breaking clean up efforts helped restore the area. Hopefully the lack of fire pits will discourage others from choosing the location to set up camp.
Experienced Nevada Site Stewards were provided a two day training on identifying artifacts like stone tools, recording building conditions, and updating existing records on archaeological sites. The class took place at the Nevada Site Stewardship Program Office and sites along the Red Rock Loop.
The goal of this training is to provide trained volunteers to assist with updating the archaeological site records of the thousands of sites across Nevada.