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Metates to Merit Badges: The Contrasting Occupational Sequences of Lost Valley by George Evan Kline.
Master of Arts in Anthropology
San Diego State University, 2008
Lost Valley, an apt place-name, is at present the remote site of a vast Boy Scout reservation, with facilities and campsites designed to educate boys in a multitude of skills to advance in the organization, earn merit badges, and to learn about life, nature, survival, first aid, and many other subjects in an atmosphere of peace and quiet, a far cry from the bustle of the not too distant cities. In a compromise forged between the Orange County Council of Boy Scouts of America and the San Diego State University (SDSU) Anthropology Department, annual summer field school students camped out on site while surveying and excavating units in the northeast corner of the valley. The scouting organization benefited in the agreement from having a SDSU graduate student volunteer instruct an archaeological field school for the boy scouts so that they could earn the rare and coveted archaeology merit badge. The excavation activities spanned seven years and have amassed a sizable collection that has thus far produced several masters’ theses including this one. This work presents the final count of prehistoric artifactual evidence including three distinct occupations representing the prehistoric human presence from the Paleoindian to the late prehistoric, focusing on its lithic aspects. But, the work here is in no way complete. There remain uncountable avenues of inquiry yet to pursue, and the information gained thus far strongly urges continued research.
Within Lava Beds National Monument, Fern Cave is open to visitors by guided tour only. Tour participants climb down a ladder from the cave opening and descend into an environment lush in ferns to view spectacular cave paintings.
McCoy Springs October 14, 2010 The site is far from the mainstream. As a group of 12 we had to make our way to the edge of the wilderness by jeep, then travel by horseback for about 4 miles. Well worth the effort as you will see.
Coso Petroglyphs October 2006 This was a tour arranged through the Society for California Archaeology (SCA) to Little Petroglyph Canyon, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Ridgecrest, California.
Mule Mountains Field Trip November 2010 On Veteran's Day we toured a group of sites in southeastern California along the Colorado River. These sites contained prehistoric trail segments, dance circles, cleared circles, and petroglyphs. This area also was used during World War II as General George S. Patton's Desert Training Center (DTC). Common attributes of the DTC sites include tank tracks, fox holes, gun emplacements, refuse dumps, and isolated C-Ration refuse.
Palo Verde Mesa – The west bank of the Colorado River, just north of Blythe, CA. On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2010, at the invitation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians We went to the Northern Mule Mountains Sites earlier in the day and to the Blythe Intaglios in the afternoon-evening. Being at the easternmost end of the Time Zone, the sunset comes early. We were just in time to catch a few photographs of the Intaglios and Black Point before it became too dark. Black point was the last site to visit and it was dark when we left. This site featured a large dance circle a lengthy prehistoric trail segment, a small (about 10 feet in length) intaglio or geoglyph, and a sizable trail shrine consisting of a pile of hundreds of cobble-sized rocks. Several smaller rock cairns were located along the western edge of the dance circle as well. Regretfully this site has been impacted by power line construction, an access road, and a dozer-scrape through the dance circle. The ridgeline above this site is occupied by a large tele-communications site and a poorly maintained road leads up to the ridge crossing over and interrupting the prehistoric trail segment.
Corn Springs On December 16th, 2010, a group of Archaeologists, and representatives from the Chemehuevi Tribe, the Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians visited the Corn Springs Petroglyph site. I arranged this field visit shortly after a visit to the North Chuckwalla Mountains Petroglyph District earlier that day for the purpose of informing concerned parties of two very special archaeological sites in the vicinity of several solar power projects proposed for the Chuckwalla Valley area near Desert Center. Corn Springs is located in a canyon within the Chuckwalla Mountains that hosts a Palm Oasis. Notice the several vandalized petroglyph panels. Mature Adults do not practice this behavior.
Anza Borrego State Park On April 22nd, 2006, Immediately following the Society for California Archaeology (SCA) southern data sharing meeting at Borrego Springs, we chose to participate in to one of several archaeological site field visits that were offered within the State Park.
Natural Bridges National Monument On July 4th, 2007, we stopped at the Natural Bridges National Monument in southern Utah. There are numerous ruins located within the eroded rock ledges. Just east of the Monument, along the highway are several similar sites on BLM lands that are marked by highway signs reading “Indian Ruins”.
North Chuckwalla Mountains On December 16th, 2010, a group of Archaeologists, and representatives from the Chemehuevi Tribe, the Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians visited the North Chuckwalla Mountains Petroglyph District, and later on that day we visited the Corn Springs Palm Oasis Petroglyph sites, for the purpose of informing concerned parties of two very special archaeological sites in the vicinity of several solar power projects proposed for the Chuckwalla Valley area near Desert Center. The north Chuckwalla Mountains Petroglyph District is a part of the Alligator Rock Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). It is located near Desert Center along Interstate 10. Notice the several vandalized petroglyph panels - some appear to have been beat with a hammer, chipping off portions of the rock face. Mature Adults do not practice this behavior.
Joshua Tree National Monument On April 10th 2010 Victoria and I took a weekend trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Having a penchant for petroglyphs, I led us to the Barton Tank area where they were “said to be” located. I had to search for them behind the overgrowth, as their whereabouts are not marked. There are many questionable examples further down the trail that are colored or blackened, (which would be called Pictographs - by definition) but the others (that are more difficult to find) are genuine. There were two deep conical bedrock mortars nearby and a huge yoni as well. The example with the parallel lines with a orangish background appears to be genuine as well. The orangish coloring is patina like lichen naturally occurring on the underside of the granite overhang.
Freemont On July 3rd, 2007, while travelling through southern Utah, I happened across these Freemont style petroglyph panels. These were located along the state highway and were marked by an interpretive sign along the highway. A natural spring was located nearby.