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Gazette on the street... What is a friend9 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, September 25, 1997 17 Vegas 00argo00 P00rump PHOTO NOTAVAABLE Personal care associate ,- "A "Afriendinneedisaffiendindeed. ' . "Sorneone who letsyou hang friendissomeoneyouean depend i yourdirty ladry out and doesn't you can count on7 on and no matter what you say to, get offendedor scandalize it7 them they hold in confidence and understand." and:hasthe same beliefs." + .... (,. .:; '   . ...... ,.>  , , ....  , !" " r ........ " ir ......... " i i  " i ..... ' 482-3016 NO to Abuse 751-1118 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump Nevadtt-then and now Spirit cave man focus of new publication by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society . given over to a series of papers on Holocene burial sites presented at the Twenty-Fifth Great Basin Anthropological Confer- ence, October 10-12, 1996. Edited by Donald R. Touhy and Amy Dansie of the Anthropology De- partment of the Nevada State Mu- seum, Carson City, this issue is available at a cost of $12 at the Nevada Historical Society, 1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, 89503; the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Street, Carson City, 89710; or the Lost City Museum, 721 S. Highway 169, Overton, 89040. For mail orders, add $2 postage and handling. For further information, call (702) 688-1191. Intended for professionals as well as readers with a general in- terest in our native heritage, this n pursuit of the antiquity of human occupation of the Great Basin and the northwestern section of the present-day State of Nevada, the Spring 1997 issue of the "Nevada Historical Society Quarterly" is I A rendering of the Spirit Man burial by Denise Sins, Nevada State Museum. Nevada Historical Society Photo issue of the Quarterly includes new research on Wizards Beach on the northwest end of Pyramid Lake, Spirit 2ave east of Fallon and Hidden Cave and Grimes Point in the same area. Of special importance is S. M. Wheeler's 1940 account of the discovery and excavation of Spirit Cave Man he conducted with his wife, Georgia. Also included is a long interview with her in Nashville, Tenn. conducted by Diane Lynne Winslow and Jeffrey R. Wedding last summer. The editors summarize current legal and social issues relating to the protection of archaeological resources and America's prehistoric heritage. They also deal with the issue of Native American spirituality, present-day affiliation of ancient peoples and the sensitive political climate surround- ing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. As scientists, they also make a strong case for continuing scientific inquiry. The focus of the majority of articles is on "Spirit Cave Man," the 9,500-year-old mummy housed at the Nevada State Mu- seum that has recently been in the national press. Recent ad- vances in radiocarbon dating technology have made possible more precise dates on very old materials. When this sample was re-examined at the University  of California, Riverside, much a older date than ever before be- lieved was indicated. Perhaps even more fascinat- ing, and certainly more contro- versial, is the work of R. L . Jantz of the University of Ten- nessee and Douglas W. Owsley of the Smithsonian Institution. In studying the shape of the skull of Spirit Cave Man, they have concluded that he is not related to various ancestors of modern Native Americans whose remains have survived. Rather, they are calling him a "Proto-caucausoid" and suggest he looks more like the ancient Ainu inhabitants of Japan, or even the ancient Norse. Kennewick Man, who was found in Washington State a few years ago and is almost as old, is another example of"proto-cancausoid." Without doubt the findings reported in this issue of the "Nevada Historical Society Quarterly" have raised important issues that will not be settled for a long time. Readers interested in ancient peoples of the Great Basin should not let this opportunity pass.