Sunday, January 2, 2011

Top 10 Obsidian Sources: Nevada

When Northwest Research Obsidian Studies Lab first began the analysis of obsidian artifacts, only a relatively small number of specimens had been characterized and our overall knowledge of the obsidian sources in the state was extremely sketchy. Since that time, the scope of archaeological research in the state has increased dramatically and we now have over 8,000 analyzed artifacts in the lab database. And so, the top 10 Nevada obsidian sources that show up in analyzed collections of artifacts are:

1. Modena (Nevada and Utah)
2. Browns Bench (Nevada, Utah, Idaho)
3. Massacre Lake/Guano Valley (Nevada and Oregon)
4. Paradise Valley
5. Obsidian Buttes (varities 1-5)
6. Tempiute Mountain
7. Bodie Hills (California)
8. Sutro Springs
9. Double H/Whitehorse (McDermitt Caldera Complex)
10. BS/PP/FM (Bordwell Spring/ Pinto Peak/Fox Mountain)

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