Is Salt Lake City really the “Gayest City” as named by the Advocate in 2012?Not really, but I do think Salt Lake is an up and coming city that’s becoming more progressive year after year.Although I am sometimes frustrated about being queer here, there are also a lot of reasons why I love this city.I think folks have many misconceptions about Salt Lake City so here are a few things that I think are important when it comes to building an understanding of this place: Salt Lake is more progressive than you think.After mapping the land with GIS, aerial photos, and other tools, the researchers pinpointed and then ranked the most promising locations in the study area.“These areas were then ground-truthed and resulted in several landforms of interest,” Adams said.Being queer here is awesome if you’re at all into nature!
And even though the sites are remote, they weren’t discovered by accident. About 160 kilometers [100 miles] northeast of Las Vegas, researchers from the Utah-based firm Logan Simpson discovered 19 separate sites containing a variety of stone points, biface blades, and other artifacts associated with the Paleoarchaic Period, an era ranging from 7,000 to 12,000 years ago.
[See what boots on the ground found in the Mojave Desert: “Nearly 9,000 Artifacts Uncovered in California Desert, Spanning 11,500 Years of History“] By surveying the top-ranked areas on foot, archaeologists turned up seven sites in Lincoln County’s Delamar Valley, along the traces of what had been an ancient stream channel.
The sites included scatterings of fluted and stemmed projectile points fashioned in styles — such as Clovis, Lake Mojave and Silver Lake — that are known to date to the Paleoarchaic epoch in the Great Basin, Adams said.
(Photo by Zac Scriber, GISP) To archaeologists like Jesse Adams, who led the new study, this period marked the transition from the Pleistocene epoch to the Holocene, a time of change that has been scarcely studied in the American West.
“The Pleistocene-Holocene Transition period is a little known but fascinating time period,” said Adams, a senior archaeologist with Logan Simpson, “especially to everyone in our office, as we have identified similarly aged sites during other projects in the Great Basin which piqued our interest.” Adams and his team found these rare sites using a technique known as predictive modeling: By identifying the qualities that previously known locations had in common, the archaeologists predicted where other, similar sites might be waiting to be found.
Likewise, at the nearby Dry Lake Valley, the team detected six more sites, along the shoreline of the extinct lake that gave the valley its name.