Lava Beds National Monument makes up land that is one of the longest continually occupied areas in North America. The history and cultural legacy of the lava beds stretches back thousands of years. The park covers a wide range of history including what early Native Americans left behind in rock art and at archeological sites, the conflict of the Modoc War, and the traditions and heritage of homesteaders, ranchers, cave explorers, “CCC boys,” and the modern Modoc and Klamath tribes. The park also features a variety of opportunities for visitors ranging from exploring the caves to retracing the footsteps of soldiers to checking out rock art.
Archeologists have long been preserving various aspects of Lava Beds National Monument. The park features numerous sites from early Native Americans which archeologists have explored and helped to preserve. The park contains exceptional rock art consisting of regionally-distinctive petroglyphs and pictographs. These must be continually monitored and preserved. Additionally, archeologists conduct research on archeological sites in the monument. The sites and research provide insights into the way of life of the people of the past as they sought to feed, clothe, and protect their families. Archeologists also put on public archeology programs and archeological workshops.
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