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mrkmc
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12/22/2013
mrkmc
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Interesting article in the SD UT:
www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/22/pot-olla-desert-Indian-museum-borrego/
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rockhopper
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12/22/2013
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I saw that today in the morning paper. Neat! Ranger( edit: Sam) Thanks Daren : " Could be thousands of years old. Ranger (edit Sam) : " Ollas are being found on a regular basis within the park" I wonder how many ollas are still buried out there in those mud caves where those boys found this one! They said they found it in the South end of the park.
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dsefcik
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12/23/2013
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Actually it is Sam who you quoted, not a ranger. Sam is a great guy by he way...
People do still find still find complete ollas out there, I know of 2 in the last couple years and as Sam said in the article, they are usually left in place but they will semi hide them. Most are in very remote locations but flash floods and fires will uncover things not normally seen.

This piece has similar painting as the one in the article


This is an interesting piece because of the 2 holes in the rim


This olla is complete but broken on one side



Thanks for that mrkmc, nice article.

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rockhopper
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12/23/2013
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The article said that olla could be thousands of years old. Thats amazing! But considering the last Ice Age maximum was around 20,000 years ago and we have been in a warming trend ever since and that the ABDSP area has been a desert enviroment for thousands of years that burried olla could be that old. Just like the ancient trails surrounding the Ancient Lake Cahuilla.

Thanks for the new pics Daren. Seeing the almost complete olla must have been a eye wide experience at first site!

Here is another pic of piece from my previous post on my hike last week

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dsefcik
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12/23/2013
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I like that piece with the drawings, very cool...!

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anutami
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12/24/2013
anutami
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This is an interesting piece because of the 2 holes in the rim


Those holes look similar to the olla I found about 11 years ago that was completly intact except for the holes it had like those. The olla had a crack in it and along the crack where those holes. They appeared to have been repair holes where they attached twine through the holes to prevent the olla from completly shattering.
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12/24/2013
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Very cool story, great thread. smile Makes the prospect of desert exploring and discovery come alive. It's the *finding*, not the keeping of things that provides the best memories. If I ever find something like that, I'd keep its location a secret, even from the authorities:

"National Park Service archaeologists removed the pots and transported them to the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center in Tucson, which is administered by the National Park Service."

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/07/25/20120725border-patrols-ancient-pottery.html

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