Danger Cave (American Indians Ready Reference)
Danger Cave is one of a number of caves in the hills near Wendover, Utah, to have yielded archaeological data on prehistoric Indian life. Findings in the roughly 60-by-120-foot cave include human skeletal remains, animal and plant material, tools, clothing fragments, and basketry artifacts. The findings are distributed in five or six differentiated layers, some as deep as 13 feet. Radiocarbon dating shows rather wide gaps in time between layers, indicating sporadic occupation. The number and complexity of artifacts increases from the earliest to the latest layers, but some features are common to all—particularly the milling stones which, together with remains of seeds from types of plants still growing in the area, indicate that ground seeds were a dietary staple for all the hunter-gatherers who lived in the cave.
Stone spear or dart points are also found in all layers; interestingly, arrow points appear only in the most recent. Leather moccasins, as well as antelope hairs found in fecal remains, show that animal materials were used for both food and clothing. Basketry underwent a shift from twined (wrapped around upright twigs) to coiled forms. Ceramics appear only in recent layers. About two thousand years ago, the deposits in the cave almost completely blocked its entrance and reduced its use to the rocky overhang at the front. Pottery shards of the Shoshone type in the putative sixth layer suggest relatively recent camps of Paiute tribes. Other...
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