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The last virtual lecture of our Spring 2021 series was presented on April 21, 2021 by Great Basin Archaeologist Sara Sturtz. The recorded lecture, entitled “A Natural and Cultural History of Leonard Rockshelter in Nevada”, is available below and on our YouTube Channel.

In this lecture, Archaeologist Sara Sturtz discusses how a small mammal assemblage found at Leonard Rockshelter details a paleoenvironmental record of changing local conditions. She also discusses previous claims of a Pleistocene occupation and when humans actually occupied the shelter.

Leonard Rockshelter is located in Pershing County, Nevada. Robert Heizer excavated the site in 1950 and recovered a modest assemblage of perishable and lithic artifacts, including obsidian flakes in deposits dating to14,900 to 11,610 BP.

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