“Camel's Back Cave” written by Dave N Schmitt and David B. Madsen describes the finding of the excavation project at Camel's Back Cave. The excavation project at Camel's Back Cave was overseen and conducted by a small group of anthropologist and archaeologist surrounding the region. Camel's Back Cave is described to as a lonely limestone ridge on the southern area of the Great Salt Lake Desert. The discoveries that were unearthed from the excavation site were mainly small mammal bones that span the entire Holocene era (10,000BP to present day). Archaeological research have uncovered a series of layered deposits, which Schmitt and Madsen believe could supply a timeline for the surrounding area, also called the Bonneville Basin. The investigations of these sites and articles from Schmitt and Madsen paints us a picture of how the native people of this area lived, and how the surrounding area was like.
Schmitt and Madsen article is broken down in understandable segments as these connect to the reader as being straight forward and to the point. The first section that Schmitt and Madsen discuss is Small Mammals. Archaeological research in Camel's Back Cave reveled a series of small mammal bone collected from layered deposits dating from 12,000BP to as recent as 500BP. These findings Schmitt and Madsen claim are clearly evidence of native people activity. Schmitt and Madsen confirm this theory by giving detail description of the fauna bones they uncovered, which reflect the fauna of the early Holocene period. This relation to fauna and the age severs as the transition to the next segment of the book, which talk about the early/middle Holocene and environment changes. Schmitt and Madsen then begin to relate evidence with time. Madsen explains that these small mammals, or the remains of them, were adapted to lower vegetation belt of mountains, much like the early Holocene period of the Great Basin. The area at the time contain... [continues]
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