Scholar: Kristina Wiggins
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Geoffrey Smith
Research Topic: XRF Sourcing of Late Holocene Artifacts from Paiute Creek Shelter, Nevada
Abstract: Paiute Creek Shelter is located in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada. Occupation there began during the late Holocene ~4700 years ago and continued through Euro-American contact. Occupants deposited numerous lithic artifacts including obsidian projectile points, bifaces, and debitage. Over 100 artifacts were submitted for geochemical sourcing and the results indicate that groups acquired toolstone from varied and often distant sources. Furthermore, the results suggest that groups utilized toolstone sources differently, depending on distance to source, raw material quality, and functional requirements. We consider these data using current models of prehistoric mobility and land-use in the western Great Basin.
Earned Baccalaureate Degree: 2013
Master's Program Update: Enrolled in Master's Program, Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno