The Paleoindian Archaeology of Guano Valley, Oregon

Author(s): Derek Reaux; Geoffrey Smith

Year: 2018


During the 2016 field season, the Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit (GBPRU [University of Nevada, Reno]) began investigating Guano Valley, Oregon for evidence of Paleoindian occupations. Our initial work revealed a rich record of Terminal Pleistocene/Early Holocene (TP/EH) archaeology that appeared strongly associated with an extensive delta system that brought fresh water into Guano Lake from the south. This past field season, the GBPRU returned to Guano Valley and recorded numerous additional Paleoindian sites within the delta system. To date, we have recorded over 600 diagnostic TP/EH artifacts, predominantly of the Western Stemmed Tradition, making this one of the largest concentrations of Paleoindian material in the entire Great Basin. This poster presents new Guano Valley archaeological and environmental data, as well as an XRF analysis.

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The Paleoindian Archaeology of Guano Valley, Oregon. Derek Reaux, Geoffrey Smith. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444829)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -124.189; min lat: 31.803 ; max long: -105.469; max lat: 43.58 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 20009