Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology
The Challenge of Archaeological Research in the Colorado Desert: Recent Approaches and Discoveries
- Author(s): Schaefer, Jerry
- et al.
Colorado Desert archaeological studies over the last 20 years are reviewed to discuss how some of the major research issues pertaining to the region have, or have not, been successfully addressed. Regional culture history and adaptation to environmental change have been the particular focus of many studies that are not widely known outside the local CRM community. Among the key questions are defining an early man phase of occupation, characterizing the Paleoindian and Archaic period occupations, and interpreting Late Prehistoric adaptations to the infilling and final recession of Lake Cahuilla.