Looking at High-Altitude Obsidian Use in the Great Basin

Author(s): Richard Hughes

Year: 2015


Until recently, most of what was known about the prehistoric use and conveyance of obsidian in the Great Basin was derived from analysis of time-sensitive artifacts recovered from caves and rockshelters. Over the past 35 years, however, archaeological research conducted in high-altitude settings has provided new insights about synchronic and diachronic patterning unique from many lowland assemblages. This paper will present the results of obsidian provenance analysis from sites in the White Mountains of central eastern California and sites atop Mt. Jefferson in central Nevada, highlighting similarities and differences between the temporal patterns in obsidian use identified in both areas.

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Looking at High-Altitude Obsidian Use in the Great Basin. Richard Hughes. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395985)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -122.761; min lat: 29.917 ; max long: -109.27; max lat: 42.553 ;