Mystery in Grapevine Canyon: Gender and Ethnicity in a Historic Period Site.

Author(s): Wanda Raschkow

Year: 2015


The Grapevine Archeological District in Death Valley National Park contains evidence of prehistoric and ethnohistoric occupation. The district also overlaps with the Death Valley Scotty Historic District. A road realignment project in 2014 led to the discovery of a historic period site that appeared to be a mining camp with features and artifacts typically associated with tasks performed by men. Surface features and artifacts included a forge and hand-forged axes; a mining claim cairn marked the eastern boundary of the site. Excavation conducted for mitigation of adverse effect revealed artifacts that hint at the presence of women and children and also raise issues of ethnicity. These artifacts include a thimble, doll’s leg, metate fragments, and knapped glassware.

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Mystery in Grapevine Canyon: Gender and Ethnicity in a Historic Period Site.. Wanda Raschkow. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396361)


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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;