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FOR THE HARDY EXPLORER Bonneville Estates Rockshelter, Elko District.

These are your public lands and venturing out onto them to view and enjoy your cultural heritage is always exciting. Following basic safety precautions, such as telling someone your itinerary: carrying extra food, clothing and water: and traveling in groups. If you have an interest in amateur archaeology, there are several organized groups in Nevada that can help you channel your energies responsibly so that you do not inadvertently damage or disturb prehistoric or historic artifacts. If you do find a cultural resource on your travels, never pick it up, remove, alter, or in any way disturb it. You can perform a valuable public service by recording the physical description of the find as well as the location. If you turn this information in to the BLM, your find will be recorded for future investigation. 

If you are a professional archaeologist, you should be aware that permits are required to excavate or remove cultural resources. The BLM can assist you in obtaining a permit.


You can also enjoy your cultural history by visiting the many museums that house prehistoric and historic artifacts. The Nevada State Museum in Carson City and the Nevada Historical Society in Reno have extensive collections. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas' Natural History Museum and the Nevada State Museum in Las vegas also have important collections. County and City museums throughout the State concentrate on the cultural resources of a particular area. Important historic sites throughout the State are also marked along highways and roads. Information on these and other State managed locations can be obtained from the Division of State Parks in Carson City.


For those less inclined to travel about, there is a wealth of literature available. The State Library in Carson City, and each County Library, house special Nevada collections. The Nevada Historical Society and the Nevada Archaeological Association publish periodicals on Nevada history. The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the U. S. Geological survey publish a series about Nevada mining camps that provides fascinating looks at these settlements. Nevada Magazine often deals with historical subjects and bookstores contain numerous published accounts of Nevada history.