First Thursday: “Early Holocene Archaeology of Oregon’s Harney Basin”

Early Holocene Archaeology of Oregon’s Harney Basin

Presented by Danny Gilmour & Erik Hardman

Willamette Cultural Resources Associates, Ltd

Thursday, October 6

4:00pm, Smith Memorial Ctr 236

Free & Open to Public

Oregon’s Harney Basin lies at the margin of the northern Great Basin and the southern Columbia Plateau. Paleoindian sites are known in the area, but typically consist of surface scatters of stemmed and occasionally fluted points found scattered across both lowland and upland settings. Few sites have undergone  extensive excavation. In this paper, we present results of recent archaeological investigations and integrate this information with existing excavation data to increase our understanding of early human use of the area. The data provide insights to the complexity of adaptations practiced by foraging groups as they responded to the shifting environmental conditions of the early Holocene and the shrinking of pluvial Lake Malheur.



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