UCLan students and an international team led by Dr David Robinson have been working on one of the most significant recent discoveries in the American West: the spectacular Native Californian site known as Cache Cave. Native Californians are renowned for developing the most sophisticated basketry technology in the world. This has a remarkable assemblage of basketry spanning several thousand years, allowing us to assess its value within Native society and investigate how such a unique craftsmanship developed over that time. This information is contributing to the cultural education and events of the Tejon Indian Tribe as well as the landowners, the Wind Wolves Preserve.
Find out more:
Robinson, David. 2017. Assemblage Theory and the Capacity to Value: An Archaeological Approach from Cache Cave, California, USA. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 27(1):155-168.
McArthur, Dan S., and David W. Robinson, 2016, 'Getting Caned?’ Assemblage Theory and the Analysis of Cane Material from California, Society for California Archaeology Proceedings 30:196-223.
Photograph by Joshua Roth and Devlin Gandy