UNLV Anthropology Lecture - Mojave Desert Landscapes: Insights from Current Research at the Stump Springs Site in the Pahrump Valley


Apr. 17, 2023, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 212 or virtual


UNLV Professor Dr. Barbara Roth and graduate students Kara Jones and Melina Luu discuss their research at the Stump Springs Site in the Pahrump Valley.

Stump Springs (26CK301/4169) is a prehistoric site with an historic component located in the Pahrump Valley of southern Nevada. In the spring of 2022, we did mapping and surface artifact analysis at the site to explore its role in prehistoric land use in the region and forager responses to the changing Holocene climate. Our investigations focused on an extensive fire-cracked rock scatter with intact thermal features, ground stone, and lithics. In this presentation, we report on our initial findings. We discovered that Stump Springs was used from at least the Middle
Archaic (ca 4000 BP) through the Late Prehistoric (ca AD 1200-contact) periods, and it appears that the site was used for similar purposes through time. We discuss the implications that our results have for understanding foraging adaptations in the Mojave Desert.

Admission Information

This event is open to the public. Please join us in person or attend virtually via Webex.

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
Matthew Montalto