Containers Workshop on Ceramics

April 2019

Katie Hoffman and assistants from Nevadans for Cultural Preservation provided a hands on workshop. Participants got to see natural locally sourced clay in it raw form, after it had been ground, and when it was ready for forming. They got to try their hand at creating a vessel with both traditional and modern commercial clay. Both can be quite difficult for beginners. Participants had a great time and learned a healthy respect and appreciation for prehistoric ceramics they find when they are out monitoring archaeological sites or when they are visiting a museum. 

Ceramic Container Workshop Part II Refitting

June 2019

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!”

Corn Creek Archaeology Walk

February 2019

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.

Organic Containers Workshop

January 2019

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. 

Nevada Naturalists 2018

October 2018

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. 

Saver's Drive

September 2018

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.

Cinco de Mayo

May 2018

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. 

Altatl and Axe Throwing

March 2018

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. 

1st Annual Archaeology Workshop Fair


November 2017

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. 


Archaeological Site Clean Up


April 2017

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. 

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