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Great Basin Trap 3D Model
In the Great Basin of the Western United States there are some of the most amazing and well preserved archaeological sites. The site presented here consists of wooden corrals, fences, and stone alignments that were used in prehistoric times to capture wild game such as antelope. Amazingly, the wooden posts, cut without any metal tools, are still standing at many of the sites. Just as astounding the ancient wooden walls covers huge distances with some several kilometers long.
The blue arrows in the animation represent hunted animals while the black figures represent hunters chasing those animals. The long red lines are the wooden palisade-like walls that help funnel the animals to the trap.
The data presented in this animation is my first attempt to mix high resolution mapping information collected in the field by archaeologists with GIS data that is in turn interpreted to show how the traps may have functioned prehistoricly.
The mapping data is intentionly vague as as to not disclose the site location.