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California - Modoc NF
Closed!  Boles Creek Archaeological Survey: Rock Rings, Rock Stacks & Rock Art VI

June 22-26; July 13-17; 27-31, 2015

Must commit to one entire session; may participate in more

Join us for our sixth year at Boles Creek! This area is an expansive, prehistoric lava flow, called the Devil's Garden, with sparse vegetation, rough, broken lava rock, juniper trees, and sage brush flats in a semi-arid region that covers approximately 500,000 acres of the Modoc National Forest. The Boles Creek system cut through this difficult and broken terrain long ago. It was home to a variety of prehistoric peoples, evidenced by numerous archaeological sites containing rock rings, rock stacks, and rock art (petroglyphs). In 1985 and 1987, inventories of Boles Creek identified many of these sites, but they were limited in scope and superficial in their descriptions. We return to Boles Creek this year to continue our in-depth study of the cultural footprints left behind by the area's prehistoric inhabitants. PIT volunteers and FS staff will survey and record archaeological sites and features along Boles Creek over a period of three (3) weeks. Our collected data will be used to put together a nomination for placement on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Bring your backpacks and hiking boots join us this summer as we hike through the past in The Devil's Garden!

Number of openings: 30 (10 per session)

Special skills: Must be physically capable of hiking moderate distances over very rough, rocky terrain each day in a variety of weather conditions; previous archaeological survey and/or drawing/sketching skills helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 14 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Accommodations (motels, camping, RV parks) available in Alturas; facilities vary, reservations recommended, and fees may apply; volunteers responsible for lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water, and transportation (we encourage car pooling to reduce the number of vehicles)

Nearest towns: Alturas, 45 miles

Applications due: April 20, 2015
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