The information below applies to all of our "Dry Lake" sites.
Cultural materials that were excavated in the 1970's and studies that were done in the 1980's by archaeologists at the Dry Lakes sites show that the area had been occupied on and off over the last 2500 years by people of the Paiute, Patayan, Puebloan, and the Fremont cultures. For people to live there as long as they did, they needed to have a water source. Currently there are no known accessible water sources in the Dry Lake area, however, there are some tinajas that could have collected rain water during the rainy season, and there is the possibility that sometime over the last 2000 years there may have been a permanent or seasonal water source that supplied enough water for people, plants, and animals to exist at least part of the year.
Many of the shelters that we found have an associated roasting pit. These pits are different from the standard agave roasting pit that you would normally see in Nevada. First, there isn't any agave to roast in the Dry Lake area, and second, these pits are much smaller than the typical roasting pit seen throughout southern Nevada. The pits that we observed were about 4' to 6' across and about 2' to 3' deep. The ones that we found were all open or empty and that may have been because the archaeologists left them that way many years ago, or possibly relic hunters have been working them. It may also be that once the original inhabitants emptied the pit of whatever they were cooking, it was cleaned out and left open and ready for the next time it was to be used.
In the early 1970's and into the 1980's when some of the archaeological reports on this area were completed, there were still numerous potsherds, metates, artifacts, and lithic scatter reported at these sites. Today the rock rings are still there, but just about everything else is gone. At several of the sites we found partially buried or exposed old auto and truck gas tanks. I have been told that hunters sometimes will bury old tanks filled with extra gas for their trucks and equipment. I was also informed that during the "Cold War" days of the early 1950's, survivalists would come to areas like this and stash supplies to be ready for the "Big One". I kind of vote for the hunters, but... you can never tell.