Archaeologists of Southern Nevada: The Valley of Fire

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Discover the prehistory of one of our region’s most appreciated wonders.

Presented by Archaeologist Dr. Kevin Rafferty, the Valley of Fire talk will feature:

  • Results of general historical research conducted in the area
  • Surveys and research conducted by the College of Southern Nevada from 2003–2014
  • A discussion on settlement patterns and land use during each time period of the Valley of Fire’s prehistoric occupation
  • Post-lecture Q&As with Dr. Rafferty

About Dr. Rafferty

Dr. Kevin Rafferty has more than 47 years of experience conducting archaeological research in the Southwest and Great Basin regions, notably in Valley of Fire State Park. He was honored with the title of Professor Emeritus following his career as full-time professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at the College of Southern Nevada (1989-2017), the last 12 years of which he served as chairman of the Department of Human Behavior. Dr. Rafferty is also the recipient of the College of Southern Nevada’s Excellence in Research award (2015) and the Nevada Archaeological Association’s Silver Trowel Award for Lifetime Achievement in Nevada Archaeology. 

A seasoned and published archaeologist, he considers the crowning achievements of his life to be his marriage to his high school sweetheart, Rhonda, his three children, and his five grandsons.


Adults – $6

Children (17 and under) – Free

Museum Members – Free

Don’t miss our upcoming guest lecturers!

The Lost City Museum is hosting the Archaeologists of Southern Nevada Lecture Series once a month, during Spring and Summer 2024.

May 4

Lithics Demonstration, presented by Bureau of Reclamation Archaeologist Justin DeMaio

June 15

Domestic dogs in the Moapa Valley, presented by Lost City Museum Archaeologist Virginia Lucas 

July 6

Paleolakes in the Mojave Desert, presented by Archaeologist Kara Jones