BLM California News.bytes
News.Bytes Extra, Issue 629

Eagle Lake Field Office Volunteer Week a Rousing Success

The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office’s inaugural Archaeology Volunteer Week was a rousing success, with all available volunteer slots filled and important archaeology discoveries made.

A dozen volunteers joined five BLM staff members June 9 through 13 to survey for archaeological features and record details and site locations on public lands along the northeast California-northwest Nevada border.

 A group of volunteers heads into the field for a day of archaeology site surveying and recording.  BLM photo

 A group of volunteers heads into the field for a day of archaeology site surveying and recording.  BLM photo
A group of volunteers heads into the field for a day of archaeology site surveying and recording. They worked to locate sites in a vast sea of sagebrush.
(Photo by Ken Collum/BLM)



Event coordinator Marilla Baker, a B LM Pathways intern archaeologist, said the team discovered nine new sites, including a basalt quarry that was used by the first inhabitants of the region as a rock source for tool making.

Archaeology Volunteer Week volunteers take notes about discovery location and other details. BLM photo 

 Archaeology Volunteer Week volunteers take notes on site information. BLM photo
Archeology Week volunteers take notes on discovery details and location. 
(Photo by Ken Collum/BLM)



The volunteers camped during the entire week of the event, and took advantage of opportunities to learn about the history and pre-history of the Great Basin.
 
BLM staff members are already looking forward to next year’s event, and they are excited about the prospects for success. There are 80 interested volunteers on a waiting list.

artifacts found at the quarry site during archaeology volunteer week. BLM photo
Artifacts found at the quarry site during archaeology volunteer week.


These artifacts and locations are important to native people and should remain in place for others to experience and unravel the stories of the past.  Public land visitors should leave artifacts where they find.

 

-- Jeff Fontana, Public Affairs Officer, Northern California District (June 2014)

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