Dry Lake 2 - Shelters and Rock Rings

  • drylake2-001  Shelters 1, 2, and 3.
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  • drylake2old-015  Shelter 2 was the main habitat area.
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  • drylake2old-007  There is evidence of digging in the rear of the shelter.
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  • drylake2-029  Fractured metate
  • drylake2-040  The gas tanks, the five gallon metal bucket, and the screen were found together in a dry wash when we were trying to locate the shelter site.  The screen is what we found interesting because it's an older version of the type used in searching for placer gold.  This type of screen is called a "classifier screen".  It's constructed with three layers of screen with the largest mesh (usually 1/2") at the top and the smallest mesh (usually 1/8") at the bottom.  In the third photo of this sequence you can see how the rocks were sorted by nature when water ran through the area.  Even though this type of screen was normally used when prospecting for  placer gold, it could have been used for illegal screening of artifacts.  There was nothing in the area where the screen and tanks were found that would tell us if it was used by a hopeful gold hunter or an artifact seeker.
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  • drylake2-046  This type of screen is called a "classifier screen".
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