Topic ID #30785 - posted 1/23/2014 2:37 AM

A Visit to the Weirdest Archaeological Site in North America

Jennifer Palmer


In the desert two hours northeast of Los Angeles, just outside the town of Barstow, there is a peculiar little place called the Calico Early Man Site. If you've driven either direction, from L.A. to Las Vegas or back, you've probably seen the sign for it, mysteriously and without any real information implying that the visiting public might want to stop by.

But what exactly is this place and what are you meant to see there?

The Early Man Site is, depending on who you ask, either a unique and globally important archaeological site—marking where tool-using humans settled on the shores of an ancient lake more than 30,000 years ago—or it is the last gasp of a famous anthropologist's sad and fading career, a willfully misinterpreted landscape full of nothing but loose gravel and rocks.

In the latter case, the Early Man Site is not quite a hoax, but it is certainly nothing more than an archaeological side-show, a circus act for people more interested in fiction than rigorous anthropology. In the former case, however, it would be one of the most important—and overlooked—historic sites in North America.

Read more at Gizmodo: "A Visit to the Weirdest Archaeological Site in North America"


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