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Mt. Irish Archaeological District - Shaman Hill
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Mt. Irish Archaeological District - Shaman Hill
Shaman Hill Sign-in Register

Overview

The Mt. Irish Archaeological District is a large area with many boulder piles and low bands of cliffs covered with rock art. Shaman Hill is the largest of the public petroglyph sites in the district and consists of many boulders and rock outcrops on the east end of a ridge. Native peoples etched an extensive array of nice petroglyphs into the rocks. The BLM placed eight numbered markers around the site, and the BLM and Lincoln County each produced brochures describing the numbered rock art panels (BLM brochure; Lincoln County brochure).

The parking area between Shaman Knob and Shaman Hill is one of the better campsites in the area (see Shaman Knob).

While visiting this site, please take care of the area and leave it as you found it for the enjoyment of future generations.

Link to Site Map.

Mt. Irish Archaeological District - Shaman Hill
Numbered site marker

Location

The Mt. Irish Archaeological District is located in the Pahranagat Valley, about 110 miles north of Las Vegas. Details of the location, access routes, and GPS coordinates are presented on the Mt. Irish Archaeological District page.

The Hike

The sign-in register (Table 1, Site SH-Register) is adjacent to the parking area, and from the register, Markers #1 and #2 (Sites SH-01 and SH-02) are directly behind the register. Markers 3-5 (Sites SH-03, SH-04, and SH-05) are off to the right around the base of the hill, and Markers 6-8 (Sites SH-06, SH-07, and SH-08) are around the hill to the left (Markers 6 and 7 are at ground level, and Marker 8 is among isolated crags up to the far left.

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Broken pot (outside) -- look and touch, but leave behind!
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Broken pot (inside) -- look and touch, but leave behind!
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Broken pot (broken edge) -- look and touch, but leave behind!
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Broken point (arrowhead) -- look and touch, but leave behind!
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Abstract petroglyphs
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Representational petroglyphs
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Pahranagat Man
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Pahranagat Lady
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Lighting makes a different on how we see the petroglyphs
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Lighting makes a different on how we see the petroglyphs
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Grand scenery in the surrounding area (view SW)
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Returning towards Shaman Knob and the trailhead (view E)
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Shaman Hill in the snow
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We have Cliff Chipmunks!
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Cliff Chipmunks cut pine cones to get the seeds

Table 1. Hiking Coordinates based on GPS data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Waypoint Location Easting Northing Elevation Verified
SH-Register Shaman Hill Sign-in Register 643186 4163241 5,736 GPS
SH-01 Shaman Hill Marker #1 643160 4163252 5,736 GPS
SH-02 Shaman Hill Marker #2 643162 4163260 5,738 GPS
SH-03 Shaman Hill Marker #3 643159 4163281 5,748 GPS
SH-04 Shaman Hill Marker #4 643137 4163335 5,759 GPS
SH-05 Shaman Hill Marker #5 643072 4163406 5,784 GPS
SH-06 Shaman Hill Marker #6 643166 4163230 5,723 GPS
SH-07 Shaman Hill Marker #7 643145 4163216 5,721 GPS
SH-08 Shaman Hill Marker #8 643120 4163189 5,740 GPS

SH = Shaman Hill
Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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