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UUAP 129: The Archaeology and Rock Art of Swordfish Cave

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Copyright: 2016
Trim: 8 1/2 x 11
Pages: 224 pp.
Illustrations: 58 illustrations, 51 maps

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UUAP 129: The Archaeology and Rock Art of Swordfish Cave

Clayton G. Lebow, Douglas R. Harro, and Rebecca L. McKim

With contributions by Carole Denardo, Jill Onken, Ann M. Munns, and Rick Bury

University of Utah Anthropological Papers

Archaeology / Anthropology

Swordfish Cave is a well-known rock art site located on Vandenberg Air Force Base in south-central California. Named for the swordfish painted on its wall, the cave is a sacred Chumash site. When it was under threat and required measures to conserve it, nearly all of the cave’s interior was excavated to create a rock art viewing area. That effort revealed previously unknown rock art and made it possible to closely examine how early occupants used the space inside the cave. Archaeologists identified three periods of human use, including an initial occupation around 3,550 years ago, an occupation about 660 years later, and a final Native American occupation that occurred much later, between A.D. 1787 and 1804.

Well illustrated with photographs, maps, and drawings of the rock art, the excavations, and the artifacts revealed therein, the book presents a rare opportunity to directly link archaeology and rock art and to examine the spatial organization of prehistoric human habitation.


Clay Lebow, Doug Harro, and Rebecca McKim are all registered professional archaeologists and employee-owners of Applied EarthWorks, Inc. They spent eighteen years working on numerous studies for Vandenberg Air Force Base, with Lebow serving as principal investigator, Harro as lithic analyst, and McKim as faunal analyst.


Table of Contents:

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction – Clayton G. Lebow
2. Archaeological and Stabilization Methods – Clayton G. Lebow, Douglas R. Harro, Ann M. Munns, and Rebecca L. McKim
3. Site Structure and Analytic Units – Clayton G. Lebow and Jill Onken
4. Chronology – Clayton G. Lebow, Douglas R. Harro, and Carole Denardo
5. Lithic Artifacts – Douglas R. Harro
6. Vertebrate Faunal Remains – Rebecca L. McKim
7. Marine Invertebrate Faunal Remains – Carole Denardo and Ann M. Munns
8. Other Cultural Remains – Clayton G. Lebow, with Carole Denardo
9. Spatial Organization – Clayton G. Lebow
10. Analytic Unit Summary – Clayton G. Lebow
11. The Rock Art at Swordfish Cave – Rick Bury
12. Interpretations – Clayton G. Lebow, Douglas R. Harro, and Rebecca L. McKim
13. Swordfish Cave and Hunter-Gatherer Adaptations – Clayton G. Lebow

Appendix A: Analytic Unit Assignments
Appendix B: Analyzed 1/16-Inch Sample of Vertebrate Fauna
References Cited
Index 



Praise and Reviews:

“Well written and meticulous, the book will be of interest to broad audiences for its unusual combination of protection, conservation, and mitigation efforts focused simultaneously on both cave art and cave deposits. A tremendously important contribution.”
—Terry L. Jones, professor of Anthropology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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