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Cortney Gillespie
Anth 2030
Research paper
The Danger Cave


The Danger Cave has a huge influence on Utah’s and Nevada’s past
since the cave itself is right on the boarder of both states. It has over 11,000
years of artifacts beneath its surface. It shows how many prehistoric groups
lived in the general area. It gives us knowledge of how people and animals
lived at the time in the Bonneville Salt Flats. It also provides more
information about the society as a whole; it helps us understand who was
here and about ourselves. They are still excavating this site to this day which
is pretty incredible that it still gives artifacts.

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How we know it is dated back to 11,000 years ago is that they do tests
on the artifacts and sometimes even just certain items at similar times that
have similarities do to trade. But one way we do know that is “11,000 and
300 RCYB,” is the carbon dates that are found in the cavern with some of the
many artifacts that were found. (Madsen)

Some of the artifacts they found were “like sandals, baskets, and a 70
– yard net made from plant fiber,” which were found by a famous


Archaeologist named Jesse Jennings. They excavated other items as well
which where projectile points, knives, arrow shafts and many more. A large
amount of these items found are at the Natural History Museum of Utah.

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They found animal remains form coyotes and owls even some other
animals that are in the area of the cavern which shows that not only people
lived there throughout the years. Plus they found remains that show signs of
use like for tools and bite marks on the bones that show that they were also
eating these animals. The cavern shows a lot about the animals as well.

Some of the evidence is show that “in the cave shows that huntergatherers lived in the area as early as 10,000 BP,” which is post-glacial
periods. This has been one of the oldest sites that this area has which is
pretty interesting to think about. They show how they used the resources in
the area with the items that they have found and are still finding. (Stehno)


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The Danger Cave has provided a large amount of knowledge about
Utah and Nevada with what has been found and what is currently being
found. It is really interesting that Archaeologists are still currently excavating
this site, but they do open it up to the public once a year to show the site.
They are still finding artifacts which keeps the excavating going but with
Utah winters they can only really work a short amount of time since Utah
winters are rough to be in. I would love to go to see Danger Cave as a
student in Anthropology and as someone who grew up in Utah I think it is
great to learn about our past and other cultures.

If I was the director for this site, I personally would continue with what
they are currently doing. There is not really anything I could change they are
still finding stuff which is pretty impressive. And clearly it has worked for so
long so why change the strategies? I think the fact that they do not let the
public in as often as some do is an amazing idea and if I was the director I
would probably not even let the public visit even for that once a year thing,


there are just to many ways that some of the past can be lost because
someone thinks they know what they are doing or even take the items. I
think not having people there is incredibly important especially with what is
going on right now with a lot of sites.

They are still digging and finding new things yes some are what they
have already found but it is still really amazing to be digging for so long and
still find things sometimes new sometimes what you have already found. I
would continue to dig until they cannot find anything else to document
everything they can about our past is really important to us as a society to
learn from history and I think it is especially important in this beautiful crazy
state we have.


Work Cited ,
Rhode, David and David B. Madsen 1998 Pine nut use in the Early Holocene
and beyond: The Danger Cave archaobotanical record. Journal of
Archaeological Science 25: 1199-1210., Faith Heaton Jolley Posted Apr 29th,
2015 @4:08 PM
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