Join SCAS for a presentation by Dr. Greg White (Principal Investigator, Sub-Terra Heritage Resource Investigations) on “Archaeological Research Potential of the Borax Lake Site: A Western Clovis Locality in California’s North Coast Ranges.”
DATE: Thursday, June 9, 2022
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Pacific)
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The Borax Lake site was identified and recognized by a private citizen in the late 1920s and first reported to scientists in 1935. Anthropologist, archaeologist, historian, WWI veteran, and Curator Emeritus of the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, Mark R. Harrington, likened the finds to recent discoveries at Blackwater Draw Locality No. 1, and between 1936–1946 pursued six seasons of field work at the site. Harrington’s chatty and speculative reports were originally rejected by U.C. scientists, but the finds were reappraised in 1967–1968 on the basis of seminal obsidian hydration studies by Clement W. Meighan and geoarchaeological studies by C. Vance Haynes. The new studies buttressed Harrington’s Clovis claim but found that the site produced a dense but tangled mix of Archaic and Clovis culture artifacts absent any evidence of stratigraphic differentiation, offering little more than a Clovis placemark. Several new surface collections and a re-reappraisal of site geomorphology offer evidence of horizontal and potential vertical stratigraphy. A recent regional synthesis offers new implications for chronology and culture history.
Dr. Greg White is the Principal and Owner of Sub-Terra Heritage Resource Investigations in Chico, California and the SAA State/Provincial Education Coordinator for Northern California, and The Archaeological Conservancy California Agent. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Sonoma State University, and his Master’s and PhD at the University of California, Davis. Greg has worked as an archaeologist for over 40 years and has authored extensive publications on California history and archaeology.