posted on Dec, 3 2012 @ 03:21 PM
reply to post by Hanslune
It's only been in the last couple of years I realized how much of a "neolithic" component there was to my childhood, I learned how to fireharden a
wooden spear, more importantly how to choose a shaft from an an aborted sapling.
I hunted rabbits with throwing sticks and an atlatl, and waterfowl with sharpend skipping stones amd how to make a Mono style fish trap. My nickname
into highschool was caveman, many of my old friends still call me that.
Sorry I digress, we have fine quality black obsidian here, it all comes from glass mountain on the east side of the long valley cauldera near mammoth
lakes Ca. Its literally a mountain made of obsidian, its the core of an old volcano. When I first heard of it I figured it was a place that just had
alot of obsidian, but its made of obsidian. I was there once and it is a mountain of solid obsidian covered in deposits from later eruptions. I rode
on a roadbed carved into solid black obsidian, its one of the oddest places I've been.
Anyhow, obsidian from this site can be found as far south as Mexico, east to the plains and north to the next volcano
Indians from as far as the coast would cross the mountains and get obsidian. The ancestors of the miwok and yokuts would work their way over the
sierra by way of the passes anod up the deep river gorgees with burden baskets full of acorns to trade with the shoshone( mono and paiute), for
They used trails that went deeeep into antiquity and were really analogous to trade routes .in early Europe..
I bet that this cave represents an ancestral dwelling from which those early agean proper spread. From there they spread out and made contacts with
other people in the region and it became a cross roads on the trade trails.
I figure the cave was for the original inhabitants, while the village out side was for people passing through or coming to trade, it was a market
place. I imagine that the remains that turn up there will represent a broad spectrum of ethnicities.