Really Old Ghosts!!! The Black Rock and the Lovelock Caves.

A Very Old Dinosaur Bone!

posted Mar 24, 2013, 11:59 AM by Barbara Powell   [ updated Apr 21, 2015, 5:33 PM ]

     This is a very old bone.  Separated from its skeleton around 1900.  A neighbor gave it to me for my rock garden.  Not the best use for this old boy.  He was found decades ago by one of her relatives and brought to Northern Nevada.  The old prospectors were fond of bringing back curios from their trips out and this was one of them.  What he is and where he was found is not known.  I have hope that someone more knowledgable will be able to tell me at least what type of a beast might have had such a large internal structure.  It's a cautionary tale, leave the bones where you find them!  Let the scientists at least have a chance at them.  Otherwise all you have is yard art.

The Lovelock Caves-Red Headed Giants?

posted Dec 4, 2012, 3:04 PM by Barbara Powell   [ updated Apr 21, 2015, 5:22 PM by Barbara Powell ]

     Lovelock Caves has been an archaeological site for many years.  Most of the artifacts are in collections outside of Nevada.  People can access the site, though little remains there.  Just the energies of people who a thousand years ago were invaded by other peoples.  They lost.  Their last stand was at the Lovelock Caves.  For the winners the place became taboo.  Not all tribes, but some, had a tradition against being around that area.  They said it was a place of death and best left alone.
    Red headed giants?  More than Sarah Winnemucca told stories about them.  I heard about them long before I read Sarah Winnemucca's book.  So, there has bewen a long standing tradition about them.  The story always ended the same way.  The giants were burned alive in that cave.  More death.
    The artifacts tell a somewhat different story.  They show a culture that thrived around the ancient lakes for hundreds of years.  The lakes provided reeds that they wove into baskets and twine.  In fact, the duck decoys are amazing, very realistic, and, also made of reeds.   This replica is in the Humboldt Museum at Winnemucca Nevada.
    There were fish, and ducks for the taking.  And the lake people had the technology to harvest them.  So for decades, the caves sheltered life, and sheltered it well.  
    The invaders may have ultimately finished this culture, but, I suspect climactic changes may have weakened this society long before their last stand in the caves.  The glaciers had melted and their lakes were evaporating.  Something to think about now!


posted Nov 28, 2012, 12:14 PM by Barbara Powell   [ updated Apr 21, 2015, 5:32 PM by Barbara Powell ]


    This is a really old ghost!  He was found on the northern Black Rock a few years ago and now resides at the
Humboldt Museum.  Here is the Humboldt Museum's web site, 
    At the time he was alive, the Black Rock was a very large lake.  He had plenty of grass to eat and could easily grow to this size.  He was part of a herd.  Like his modern cousins, the elephants, he would have lived in a family unit.  Safer for the young ones.
    Mammoths disappeared ten to twelve thousand years ago.  The cause is not clear.  Speculation is that climate changes, hunting, and even a virus weakened these huge animals and ended their species. 

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