Saline Valley ~ mesquite dunes
The screwbean mesquite complex of Saline Valley, with the Inyo Mountains in the background.
I took a bike ride to the complex with the hopes of finding an ancient Timbisha Shoshone site. After several hours of searching, wandering through the dunes and mesquite, I was lucky to find an old camp that had recently been uncovered as the dynamic sands shifted. Amongst the scatter of obsidian, I found an old rabbit jaw that had at one time spent time cooking in a fire. Next to the jaw was a small collection of broken desert side-notched arrowheads, more than likely what was used to kill rabbit and other small game. This arrowhead design was typical of the Mojave People over only the previous 600 or so years.
The desert side-notched arrow points and a rabbit jaw found in the mesquite complex.
The screwbean mesquite seed pods.
Death and slow decomposition in the arid dunes.
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