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Danger Cave, Utah, USA


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A deeply stratified cave site in the Great Basin of midwest North America. The deposits contained evidence of intermittent occupation from about 9000 bc through to the 2nd millennium ad. The excavator of the site, Jesse Jennings, argued that the sequence represented in the cave illustrated the development of a single culture living in a desert environment: the Desert Culture. In this he was greatly influenced by the anthropological work of Julian Steward, and indeed used aspects of the lifestyle of the Shoshoni Indians living in the Great Basin at the time of European contact to flesh out his reconstructions of earlier communities.

The continuity inherent in Jennings's model is not now very widely accepted, although the site remains an important sequence for understanding the early occupation of the Great Basin.

http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/american_indians/dangercaveprovidedcluestoancientutahdwellers.html Danger Cave, near Wendover, Utah, explored from 1949 onwards.

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J. D. Jennings, 1957, Danger Cave. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press

Subjects: Archaeology.


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