Beatty 4 - Death Valley

Southern Nevada Rock Art Sites

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The Southwest, including Southern Nevada, has a significant amount of Native American Petroglyph / Rock Art Sites. Our web site will concentrate on the rock art of Southern Nevada which extends back over 1500 years, and was typically created by either the Paiute, Shoshone, Chemehuevi, or the Anasazi people.

 

Preservation through Education

 

We believe that rock art on public lands does not - and should not - belong to just a few select people or groups.  However, due to the fragile nature of many rock art sites, it is not realistic to have a large number of people visiting most of them. What we are attempting to do with our website is to provide visual access where those with the interest or the curiosity can go to see and appreciate a small piece of Native American history. Our beliefs are that by educating people to the historical significance of the rock art, people will be more inclined to respect, and preserve, the sites for the enjoyment of everyone for a long, long time.

Beatty 4 - Death Valley National Park

 

This shelter is located in a section of Death Valley National Park that goes across the border of California, into Nevada. The shelter is on a small hill, has a stone wall at the entrance and is very close to a spring. The spring was dry the day we visited the site, but from what I understand it is still a viable source of water.

 

The shelter showed signs of being occupied by someone many years before whites came to the area. The historic occupation was probably by an independent miner or possibly a squatter. No matter who lived here in historic times it had to have been a very hard life.

 

The prehistoric people that lived here, or used the shelter as a stop over were better equipped for the lifestyle than most of us are today. They would have had water from the spring for most of the year, and the water would have attracted animals, which was a food source.

 

It is common knowledge that springs are places to find evidence of the past, and when I am researching a new area I always check for springs and seeps. Many times this information will lead to some great discoveries.

 

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