Something very old is something really new at the Nevada State Museum. To celebrate Archeological Awareness and Historical Preservation Month in May, the museum’s Frances Humphrey lecture series hosts archaeologist Mark Giambastiani, who will share new Nevada discoveries of artifacts dating at least 10,000 years old. His presentation “Recent Rock Art and Archaeological Discoveries in Lincoln County” is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23.
Among the finds are some newly identified rock art sites, patterns in site location and an expansive, repeatedly used prehistoric site that contains artifacts dating back to at least early Holocene times, Giambastiani said.
“We are happy to be a part of this annual effort to understand and appreciate the science of rock art and archaeology in Nevada,” said Jim Barmore, museum director. The presentation examines recent work for the Bureau of Land Management Rock Art Survey that yielded some interesting discoveries in Lincoln County considered areas of critical concern to archeologists.
Giambastiani is an archeologist with ASM Affiliates in Reno and has more than 25 years experience in the West, studying arid lands in California and Nevada. He focuses on prehistoric technologies, obsidian artifacts and past land-use systems.
Regular adult admission is $8 and includes the lecture. Members and children age 17 and younger are free. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson, (775) 687-4810 ext. 237 or visit www.nevadaculture.org. The museum is at 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City.