The Promontory Caves Plant Macrofossil Record

Author(s): David Rhode

Year: 2017


The dry deposits in Promontory Caves #1 and #2, northern Utah, contain abundant well-preserved plant materials related to the late prehistoric occupations there. Much of the plant macrofossil record in both caves, especially Cave #1, represents the manufacture of textiles, in particular the production of bulrush matting. Plant remains attributable to dietary use constitute a small part of the overall assemblage, consistent with the negligible evidence of plant food processing such as milling equipment. Here I consider the place of plant utilization in the Promontory Caves occupations, and potential indications of cultural connections with proto-Apachean populations and with local Great Basin societies such as the Fremont.

Cite this Record

The Promontory Caves Plant Macrofossil Record. David Rhode. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431870)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15015