Geoffrey M. Smith
Geoffrey M. Smith is a Regents’ Professor and Executive Director of the Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit in the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Anthropology. His research interests include the peopling of the American West, late Pleistocene and early Holocene lithic technology, mobility, subsistence, and hunter-gatherer adaptation in the Great Basin. He has worked in the American West for two decades and authored more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on these and other topics. In recent years, he has worked in support of various Great Basin Tribal Nations.
Warner Valley, in southeastern Oregon, is a place of expansive and unspoiled vistas, brilliant sunrises and sunsets, and some of the darkest skies in the United States. The valley is among the earliest-known inhabited places in the state. Obsidian and shell tools and ornaments indicate that Indigenous people in Warner …