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A Journey to a New Land

Yesterday's Camels
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Sunshine Locality

Sunshine Locality is located in Long Valley, Nevada, in the north-central Great Basin region of the U.S.

Thousands of artifacts, primarily stone tools and debitage, have been excavated from the site, and collected from the surface over a distance of about five kilometers. A great variety of tool types has been found, including scrapers, burins, bifaces, and projectile points. The volume and variety of artifacts clearly indicates that this region was intensively occupied during the Late Pleistocene / Early Holocene time period.

A projectile point, along with a scraper and a biface, was found in direct association with several bones of Yesterday’s Camel (Camelops hesternus), dating to about 11,330 years BP. Although the association of the bones and tools may indicate that humans were living alongside (and perhaps hunting) the now-extinct camel species, researchers are not able to state with certainty that the tools and camel bones were deposited at the same time.

Further Reading:

Huckleberry, Gary, Charlotte Beck, George T. Jones, Amy Holmes, Michael
Cannon, Stephanie Livingston, and Jack M. Broughton.
2001 Late Pleistocene/ Early Holocene Environmental Change at the Sunshine Locality, North Central Nevada. USA. Quaternary Research 55:303-312.