From Big Springs to Springs Preserve: 50 years of Archaeology

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May 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Part of Lost City Museum’s Guest Lecturer Series:

From Big Springs to Springs Preserve: 50 years of Archaeology

For thousands of years water flowed from the springs a few miles to the west of downtown Las Vegas. The Las Vegas or Big Springs served as gathering place and waystation for indigenous peoples, travelers, and early settlers. The site, its springs, and stories have captured the imagination of Las Vegans for generations. In 1972 archaeologist Claude Warren of UNLV was tasked with identifying the extent and depth of prehistoric and historic archaeological deposits on the site. This work to protect and preserve the Las Vegas Springs site would continue for over 40 years. Claude and Elizabeth Warren were dedicated to the preservation of the site through development of the “Friends of Big Springs,” leading to the site’s listing on the National Register of Historic places in 1978.  In 2001 Elizabeth Warren published her dissertation the history of the Las Vegas Springs site, providing the most comprehensive story of the site to date.

Join Southern Nevada Water Authority Archaeologist, Nathan Harper for a wide-ranging discussion of the history of the Las Vegas Springs, its archaeology, and protection.

Entry into museum – $6.00 for adults, children 17 and under and members are free!




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