Tule Springs, Nevada with other Evidences of Pleistocene Man in North America

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Author: Harrington, Mark Raymond (1882-1971) and Ruth DeEtte Simpson

Year: 1961

Publisher: Southwest Museum

Place: Los Angeles


146 pages with 3 maps, 6 charts, 60 figures and bibliography. Royal octavo (10" x 6 3/4") issued in wrappers. Foreword by Alex D Krieger. Southwest Museum Papers number eighteen. 1st edition.

Harrington first became involved in the archeology field after his father became deathly ill and Harrington had dropped out of high school. He took some of the artifacts that he had found to F.W. Putnam, who was head of the anthropology department at the American Museum in New York City. After seeing the artifacts that Harrington had brought him, Putnam hired Harrington as an apprentice field archaeologist. Harrington had no experience, and was trained on the job. Through this job with Putnam, Harrington was able to save enough money to go back to school. He advanced all the way through a Master’s degree in anthropology and he graduated from Columbia University in 1908. Still into the Indian culture, Harrington started his first business with his friend, Covert. Together they arranged exhibits of Indian artifacts they had found, in schools, museums, and colleges. They named the business, “Covert, and Harrington, Commercial Ethnologists. This business lead Harrington into another job, working for the Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Hired by George Gustav Heye, this profession would take him to Cuba, the Ozarks and the southwest United States. In the southwest, Harrington stumbled upon his most important excavations. These excavations led him to findings of some of the oldest Pueblo ruins ever found. This was his favorite part. “I always had a partiality for Indians…” he once stated. From 1925 to 1930 Harrington worked in the Nevada deserts uncovering bones and tools of not only the Pueblos but of the oldest inhabitants of the area, the Basket makers. Some of his most important finds included a set of 46 structures, the largest containing one hundred rooms. Also important about these sites was that they had been occupied by the Basket makers first and then the Pueblos in the later years to come. The stone and Adobe houses of the Pueblos were of his most prized findings. However important Harrington was for the findings of these sites, there was a lot of controversy about his dating techniques. By modern technology we know that in some cases his dating was off as to when the places which he found had been occupied. Nonetheless, he brought us to the knowledge which we have of those cultures today. After leaving Nevada, Harrington became the curator of the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles where he worked for many years, in which he went back to Nevada for further excavations on behalf of the museum. He could never resist going out for a find. He once said, “To follow the trail of a forgotten people, to play detective upon the doings of a man who had been dead ten thousand years or so is a thrilling pastime to an explorer under any circumstances.” In 1933, Harrington left the museum to work for the government, more specifically the National Park Service. He was to direct the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in salvaging all that could be found in the Lost City as it was drowning by a new-formed lake from the Hoover Dam. Harrington and his associates dug and dug until there was literally water lapping at their boots. In the end, they found 17 more Pueblo sites. After gathering all the remains Harrington helped to put together the Lost City Museum near Overton. This was the last of his jobs, except for pleasurable excavations throughout California in the latter years of his life.


Corners bumped, lightly soiled, spine sunned else very good.

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