Message #36:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Archaeological Significance Was Disregarded at NV Quarry Site?
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 1997 07:26:33 -0700
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Letter to An Editor: Valuable Indian relics are in danger of being lost

A few years ago, I had occasion to inform SUN readers concerning a land
swap, the participants being Aero-Jet of Nevada and BLM government
agencies. The exchange was to be 4,000-plus acres of alligator-infested
swampland in Florida for about 48,000 acres of BLM land already equipped
with paved highways and well-maintained county roads. Aero-Jet had
constructed an office building on Losee Road. According to information
previously published, the company was to enhance the local economy by
hiring several hundred employees. Our local and state agencies bit the
hook and swallowed the line and sinker.  During the last several
decades, local members of the archaeological community have voiced
concern as to the destruction of Native American sites such as quarries
which, sometime in the future, may prove of importance to scholars in
the several disciplines.  While conversing with a professional
archaeologist recently, the topic was a quarry site which undoubtedly
had been a major source for lithic materials for thousands of years. The
oldtimers called it Turkey Track. I decided to drive over to check it
out, since it may have
been included within the Aero-Jet debacle. I drove off the highway,
traversed the Jeep trail a short distance, and was stopped by a sign:
"No Trespassing Aero-Jet"  property! My concern is not with this
particular quarry site, for there are  probably hundreds within the
Southern Great Basin of Nevada, but knowing that the archaeological
significance was disregarded, not even a whisper from the media. The
media provide the only protection left for those who do not have the
clout! For quite a number of years, several local rock clubs have found
the jasper and chalcedony found on the subject site desirable for use in
their tumblers. Will the
"No Trespassing" sign be a deterrent. I noted this last Sunday where a
local hiker brought to the attention of your readers that the time has
come for us to pay to walk the trails at Red Rock.

Raoul M. Dixon

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Valuable Indian relics are in danger of being lost