Support for the Story of Cave Rock has been tremendous. The project was first conceived by Beth Smith, archaeologist at the Nevada Department of Transportation. In addition to the support received from NDOT, the project was also funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Institute on Digital Archaeology Method and Practice. The Institute was organized by Michigan State University’s Department of Anthropology, and MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.

The institute brought mentors and participants together from all over the globe to explore and develop a project using digital archaeological methods. The Story of Cave Rock is the result of that year-long endeavor, and is the only project undertaken in Nevada. A big thank you to the staff at the institute, especially to directors Ethan Watrall and Lynne Goldstein for their vision that brought everyone together.

Before the project was proposed to the institute in early 2015, the initial concept was presented to the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, and the guidance provided improved the final project.  Cave Rock is deeply important to the Washoe people, and has a story that began way before the first white people entered the area. People interested in further exploring the story of Cave Rock are encouraged to the visit the website of the Washoe to find out more.

In addition to the archived photos, additional photos and data were provided courtesy of NDOT’s Location Division. Special thanks to Lucy Adams, Bill Beck and Steve Merrill for their knowledge and expertise on all things 3D and photogrammetric, and to Kristina Crawford and Kalie Giardina, who scanned the collection from the Nevada State Library and Archives.



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