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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby RoguePhotonic » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:10 pm

I have some what of a mixed feeling on arrowheads in the backcountry. Yes sure I understand it's a felony to remove them and the whole idea of leaving them for others to enjoy but in many cases we are not talking about a nice Native American camp with lots to see that people will enjoy. I'm talking about when I am walking randomly cross country in the middle of no where and oh hey here is a random arrow head that missed a deer and got lost. In general it amazes me that it survived more than a hundred years just laying on the ground without being covered but that is just my point. I'd much rather a person take it and give it to a museum or something of that nature where people will be able to enjoy what it is. I think that by leaving it laying randomly on the ground that in itself will mean the destruction of an interesting piece of history.

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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby Rockchucker » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:40 pm

The problem with museums is they already have too much stuff to even begin to display it. So it ends up in boxes forever forgotten and sometimes even thrown away. It's a tough one but they are better off left or put underneath a rock, then notify the local archeologist with a GPS location.
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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby tarbuckle » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:23 am

Ore Cart wheels in the Mother lode
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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby high_sierra_yj » Sat May 03, 2014 4:06 pm

Here are the three mining cabins in Biledo meadow. They were built in the 1890s by a french-canadian. Elevation is around 6,950'
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Here is an unkown, to me, mine shaft that was north of my camp off forest road 5S06. Its not Star Mine which I know is on the same area. Me and a friend were just walking through the woods when we came across it. There were tons off rails and old twisted door hinges and a door in front of what looked like a blasted shaft entrance.
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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby dave54 » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:13 pm

There are days I feel like a backcountry antiquity. :D
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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby Brenda » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:19 pm

In reference to Biledo Meadow and the cabins I was thinking that maybe some of the areas you spotted that had some activity (various wood pieces, etc...) may have been where the two cabins moved to Nelder Grove from Biledo Meadow in 1980-1981 may have been. Maybe? Just thought I'd mention the possibility. :)
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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby robow8 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:53 am

Saw this on the Triple Peak Fork Trail in Yosemite
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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby oldranger » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:19 am

robow8

Is the main item rusted metal or ???, are the pointy things screws or nails? they almost look like horseshoe nails.

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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby robow8 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:07 pm

oldranger wrote:robow8

Is the main item rusted metal or ???, are the pointy things screws or nails? they almost look like horseshoe nails.

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It's actually an old rubber heel from a shoe. I imagine someone found it and put it up on the rock so others could see.
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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby oldranger » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:45 pm

Ok that makes sense I have come across several heels like that, even almost an entire old boot at a Shorty cabin not visited often.

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Re: Sierra antiquities in the backcountry

Postby Cross Country » Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:01 pm

Sites in the backcountry cross country are not visited a lot. Therefor I don't believe that almost any are really sensitive, I (OF COURSE) realize some are sensitive (I believe there are VERY few). I believe that this applies to fishing places also. Why would we want to be such INCREDIBLE elitist. When I backpacked I told almost everyone of good places because I was intelligent enough and not an elitist.
Seriously - what are you thinking? And if you believe that I wasn't a SERIOUS backpacker you haven't been reading. I've read here of "men" who won't tell what to them is their opinion of the most beautiful place in the Sierra. Those "men" (I really think they're big children) are not just neurotic, they're just crazy or incredibly narcissistic.
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