As part of our ever growing mission to acquire and preserve our nation’s rare cultural resources, the Archaeological Conservancy has recently added another site to its list of those conserved. Coso Junction Ranch, where the remains of a once thriving Native American village once stood in southern Inyo County, California, is scheduled to be purchased for the preservation a 73 acre parcel that incorporates the main village location and petroglyph panel.
Remains at the site include obsidian flakes, shell beads, stone tools, milling stations and a petroglyph panel with representations of bighorn sheep, hunters, and common Coso rock art symbols. Obsidian hydration dating places occupation from about 3,000 – 8,000 years ago.
Be sure to check out our next issue of American Archaeology magazine to read more about this important Native American site.