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Preliminary results from the Paleoindian record of Guano Valley, Oregon

Author(s): Derek Reaux ; Geoffrey Smith ; Ken Adams ; Nicole George ; Sophia Jamaldin

Year: 2017

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Guano Valley is located between Warner and Catlow valleys. Relative to the surrounding valleys, it has received little attention from professional archaeologists over the years despite early visits by Luther Cressman. During the 2016 field season, the Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit (University of Nevada, Reno) began a long-term research project in Guano Valley focused on searching for Paleoindian sites in the area. Although our work is in its infancy, we have already uncovered a very rich record of Terminal Pleistocene/Early Holocene (TP/EH) occupation associated with a delta system that likely brought fresh water into the basin while those sites were occupied. Because TP/EH lakes in Guano Valley were stable for long periods due to the presence of a low sill above which they could not rise at the northern end of the basin, the valley likely supported a long-term productive marsh system that attracted early groups to the area.

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Preliminary results from the Paleoindian record of Guano Valley, Oregon. Derek Reaux, Geoffrey Smith, Ken Adams, Nicole George, Sophia Jamaldin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429996)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17407

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America