2019 is shaping up to be a year of exciting, new research at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. A recent rediscovery of artifacts in the Morlin Childers Collection at IVDM has led to renewed interest by professional researchers from across the county and abroad, re-exploring the Valley and its early history of archaeology and recorded finds.

 

LAND OF EXTREMES: Reconnecting with the recorded past

Photo 5: Rediscovered Tools from the Childers Collection, Yuha Pinto Wash Site on January 10, 2019. Photo courtesy of IVDM.

LAND OF EXTREMES: Reconnecting with the recorded past

Photo 4: Tools from the Yuha Pinto Wash Site. Drawings by Jaime Servin. Photo courtesy from American Antiquity vol 45 no 2 1980.

LAND OF EXTREMES: Reconnecting with the recorded past

Diagram showing the relationships between the Peninsular Range, the Yuha Pinto alluvial fan with its contained artifacts, and the beach ridges of various ages cut into the eastern part of the fan. Photo courtesy from American Antiquity vol 45 no 2 1980.

LAND OF EXTREMES: Reconnecting with the recorded past

The north bank of the Yuha Pinto Wash, showing a section of the vertical cliff exposure caused by tropical storm Kathleen. Photo courtesy from American Antiquity vol 45 no 2 1980.

LAND OF EXTREMES: Reconnecting with the recorded past

Morlin Childers called himself “a real product of the desert”. Photo courtesy of IVDM Morlin Childers Collection.

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Richard Ryan

Ryan, informative article. Perhaps settlement in IV is much earlier than thought. Thanks, Rich Ryan

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