“An Expansive Winding Mariposa Lily Bulb Roasting Site at the Virgin-Muddy River Divide”

As part of the Southern Nevada Archeology Speaker Series sponsored by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Cultural Resources Team, archaeologist James Kangas from the Bureau of Reclamation will speak at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas on May 5th at 2 pm.

In 2015 an archaeological survey was conducted on Mormon Mesa (Mesa) near Overton, Nevada. The survey discovered thousands of earth roasting ovens used to cook bulbs from the Winding Mariposa Lily that were harvested on the Mesa. Sites related to the harvesting and roasting of lily bulbs is found elsewhere in the southern deserts, but was not known to have occurred on the Mesa until the survey. Such extensive harvesting and use of lily bulbs above Virgin Anasazi settlements in the adjacent Virgin and Muddy river basins has important implications for understanding the transition from wild to domesticated plant foods in the area.

James Kangas has earned his Bachelor’s of Arts, and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA. James has worked as an archaeologist for the Bureau of Reclamation since 1997. Prior to his career with Reclamation he was an archaeologist for the National Park Service and the US Forest Service. James enjoys researching and informing the public about the history and archaeology of the area.

This program is free with museum or Springs Preserve membership, or with paid general admission.


05/05/2018 14:00:0005/05/2018 16:00:00America/Los_AngelesAn Expansive Winding Mariposa Lily Bulb Roasting SiteReno, NV
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