Kevin Rafferty of the College of Southern Nevada graciously provided a tour of the archaeological resources in Valley of Fire State Park. Mr. Rafferty has been conducting research in the area for many years and provided his insight and findings with the group. They will never look at the area the same again.
One attendee exclaimed, "It was the best day! The weather was great and having Kevin to do some interpretation was wonderful. Everyone on the trip was friendly and nice. Just a really really nice day. Thank you for putting the event together."
Justin DeMaio, BLM Archaeologist and skilled flintknapper (stone tool maker) provided a demonstration and hands on workshop for site stewards and the general public. He taught the basic principles of flintknapping then assisted participants at trying their hand at the craft.
Participants learned that turning stone into a tool takes a lot of time, patience, and practice. When they left the workshop many exclaimed their appreciation for the class and how nice it was to be able to try it for themselves.
Many left with scrapes and an understanding of how these amazing tools are made.
NVFCP has partnered with the Nevada Site Stewardship Program to train their site stewards on how to gather important information on archaeological and historic sites across Nevada. The information they gather will be provided to federal agency archaeologists to assist them with their site inventory and management decisions.
A great group of volunteer site stewards joined us for this two day training on January 9th and 10th. We were able to utilize the wonderful facilities at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor's Center and practice our skills on two of their public archaeology sites.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, please visit the Nevada Site Stewardship Program website http://shpo.nv.gov/stewards or email the program coordinator, Samantha Rubinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Courtney Mooney
(Urban Design Coordinator/Historic Preservation Officer at City of Las Vegas)
Attendees enjoyed an afternoon at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Courtney Mooney provided an extensive presentation on the divorce ranches in the area.
The relaxation of Nevada’s divorce laws in the 1930's led to the divorce industry. For those needing to establish the required six weeks residency, divorce ranches were created. One of the most preserved ranches is at Floyd Lamb Park which still contains 23 buildings mostly built in the 1940's. The ranch was purchased in 1941 by Jacob Goumond and in 1949 Goumond turned it into a divorce ranch to support this thriving industry which had a profound effect on the state of Nevada.
Lost City Museum
NVFCP Members and Site Stewards joined the curator for the Lost City Museum, Molly Fierer-Donaldson for an afternoon of identifying and cataloging artifacts for the museum. The participants learned about collection management issues, the types of resources museums house behind the scenes, and how hard it is to distinguish between brownware pottery and greyware pottery.
Friday, May 8th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Truckee Meadows Community College
Sierra Bulding Rm 204
7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, NV 89512
Free and open to the public
Caves provided some of the first shelters, storage spaces, and ceremonial centers for the prehistoric peoples of Nevada. Consequently, these cave sites have provided archaeologists with invaluable in-formation on the ancient environment, diets, settlement patterns, religious practices, and cultural lives of ancient groups. The importance of many of these caves has extended into the present, as many are considered ‘Traditional Cultural Properties’ and still used in ceremonies by modern Native American tribes.
This presentation will cover some of the prominent cave sites in Nevada. It will discuss the importance of these sites in their contribution to archaeology and the understanding of prehistoric Nevada and its people, as well as their continued use by modern tribes.