Lovelock Caves – Lovelock, Nevada

lovelock cave.jpgLovelock Caves – Lovelock, Nevada

This horseshoe shaped cave is just 20 miles from Lovelock.  The cave reaches about 35 feet wide and 150 ft long.  It probably was formed when the collapse of a limestone dome and wave action during the time it was under Lake Lahontan, a prehistoric lake that covered most of Western Nevada.

The interesting discovery of artifacts in the cave came when in 1911 a company began mining the bat guano in the cave for fertilizer.  It was 4 to 5 feet deep.  When they got down toward the bottom there they were.  Before the archaeologists were brought onto the site there were a number of the artifacts destroyed or damaged. The archaeologists found and logged 10,000 artifacts.  The cave has a history of over 4,000 years.  It is estimated that hunter-gatherer tribes visited as early as 4,600 years ago and the cave was intensively occupied about 3,500 years ago until just 150 years ago.  All the evidence helps to support the theory that the cave has been inhabited on and off for over 9,000 years!

The Piutes told stories about finding white giants with the red hair who were living in the area.  They say they ambushed and fought the white giants until they had killed all but a few who hid in the cave.  The Piutes piled sagebrush in the cave entrance and set it on fire.  The Piutes claimed they killed any who tried to escape and they kept the fire going until all the giants had been smothered.  When the cave was being mined, the red haired giants were indeed found.

What the miners found were the mummified remains, broken arrows that had been shot into the cave.  Among the many beautiful artifacts was a donut shaped stone that has 365 notches on the outside rim and 52 notches on the inside rim.  What does that tell you?  These giants had the same calendar timing as we do today?  The artifacts are now in the Winnemucca, Nevada museum.  There were also baskets, clothes, plant fiber sandals, nets, snares for small animals, fishing line with bone fish hooks and stone knives with wooden handles were all found in the cave.  Due to the fact that the cave had been in an earthquake the entrance got covered and the only things going in for years were bats and desert animals.  The arid environment helped to preserve the items that normally would have decayed quickly.

Comments

  1. I have been through Lovelock twice and both times was unable to visit the cave. For sure next time I am through there I will check it out.

  2. Martin Branson says:

    I think there’s a book about this, called, ‘Lovelock, Nevada: An Explanation’. I’m just not sure where you can get it.

  3. The book if available on Amazon.com

  4. So here we have absolute proof that whites lived here before asiatic amerindians, and that the indians genocided the whites. Remember that next time someone wants you as a white person to feel guilty for retaking North America by force. We were kinder to them than they ever were to us

  5. Steve, they are not “whites” but children conceived between the Watchers (fallen angels) and the daughters of men. See Genesis chapter 6, the lost book of Enoch, and the Book of Jubilees. They were well known to the Mediterranean and are what the Greeks called the gods (Zeus, Hermes, etc) and what the Bible calls “men of old, men of renown.”

  6. Kelly is right. The book of Enoch (removed from the Bible) explains, but most wont believe it

  7. tamra and kelly have hit on it – history is filled with stories, around the globe, of giants (people that stood anywhere from 7 to 12 feet tall.) Also in many of these tales the giants are described as having red hair. I imagine what you are seeing here is a now-extinct branch of the human line.

  8. Native Entertainment Magazine says:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    In response to:

    “So here we have absolute proof that whites lived here before asiatic amerindians, and that the indians genocided the whites. Remember that next time someone wants you as a white person to feel guilty for retaking North America by force. We were kinder to them than they ever were to us”

    Re-think your answer there. Sounds like you are harboring a hatred of American Indians, and to say that murder is justified in any case; or in any time-period is insane. Think: just because they were described as white does not mean they were actually “white people”.

    Be rational.

    …and, yes, they may have been the children of gods, and Native people. As Navajo people we have many stories of giants and how they came about. Our stories are very much true – very much based on reality.

    And, to some it up: no, white people did not live here longer than Native people, or as you inaccurately claimed “asiatic amerindians”; try reading/studying Vine Deloria’s books. you just may learn something.

  9. It’s interesting to see these “Giants” appearing across the North American landscape. The Lovelock Caves is a great discovery because of the surrounding archaeological finds such as Spirit Cave mummy and near Lovelock Cave is Humboldt dry lake bed where they found 2 giant human remains. It’s great how the myth of the Paiute people became true, like how Troy was a myth before. There is this book called, “Life Among the Piutes” And it was published in 1883, well before the discovery of the artifacts in the caves describing the legend. http://www.amazon.com/Life-Among-Piutes-Their-Wrongs/dp/B000SI220K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1312445932&sr=8-4
    Also, when the Editor commented that, “And, to some it up: no, white people did not live here longer than Native people, or as you inaccurately claimed “asiatic amerindians”; try reading/studying Vine Deloria’s books. you just may learn something.” I think that is kind of close-minded and not open to the fact that archaeology is an on-going open science that allows theories and opinions as long as you back it up with evidence and good arguments. But any theory could be easily turned around, and to say that no one was here before the Native American’s (End Story) isn’t open to the idea of other ways people could’ve done ancient migrations in the America’s. I’m not trying to attack the editor at all, because I do agree with his or her comment towards the other response. Thanks.

    Thomas Kennedy

  10. Ralph Marvin James says:

    I agree with Thomas Kennedy. We can’t be sure of what or who lived in America thousands of years ago. My wife is Te-Moak Shoshone and Piute, born in Elko Nevada and raised part of her life on the Reservation. She told me of the giants and how they came to be. Tamra and Kelly are very possibly correct. The men of renown were said to have taken to themselves wives from the daughters of men, and from what I understand, not just the daughters of men but of every type of creature on earth. I’m not sure that any of us will have all the answers until, God willing, we arrive at that Great City. There is also rumor that people with a negative blood type have descended from those giants. By the way, not only is my wife Native American, but she is also a natural red head. Kind of ironic huh?

  11. I’m not an expert in the field, but I’ve seen some programs indicating that the last ice age all but eliminated humans from much of North America. Prior to this (buried deeper) spear heads have been found that match those from the “Clovis ” people who lived in what is now France. This suggests that contact if not migrations between North America and Europe had taken place.

  12. Tim Mullins says:

    As an individual who is nearly half Cherokee, I would like to point out that legends in the oral history of my Native American Ancestors tell of these giant people as well. But not every legend speaks of a hostile people. Most, but not all.

    As far as posts hostile to any peoples goes, making such a post states hidden hostility, but so does responding to such a post. Having said that, allow me to say that one time when I felt somewhat ashamed of my Native American Heritage was when assorted tribes sought to take custody of the bones of Kennewick Man in an obvious attempt to prevent research on them. None of us are perfect it seems. Maybe someday we will lift the veil that currently hides ancient North American History? I hope so. We can start by paying more attention to the oral history of Native Americans. Not everything undocumented is myth.

  13. Finaly got a chance to visit the cave. It was extremely interesting. I could still smell the soot from the ancient fires inside allthough it has not been used for over 1000 years. The ceiling is covered in a layer of soot like an old chimney. I will be going back to check out another cave with petroglyphs 5 miles from the Lovelock cave.

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