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A Historic Aboriginal Structure and Its Associations, Panamint Mountains, California

  • Author(s): Ritter, Eric W
  • et al.

Generally, standing aboriginal structures relate to late prehistoric and historic times; the Panamint Mountains example is no exception. Of course, there are many southern California Native American groups and individuals who retain knowledge of the construction techniques or have recently built such structures. Many early ethnographers observed aboriginal structures either still in use or recently abandoned within California and the Great Basin (cf. Nelson 1891:372; Dutcher 1893:377-378; Harrington 1932; Steward 1933:265, 1938:54- 55, 1941:233; Fowler and Fowler 1971), so there are many good descriptions or illustrations of a variety of structure types.

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