William White

William White


William White is a retired professional archaeologist (RPA #11783) with 30+ years of practical experience and currently a freelance archaeological and historical consultant. Accomplished in historical archaeology, William specializes in late 19th and early 20th century mining along with interests in Victorian and Depression-era culture, early 19th century fur trade, western exploration and expansion, and prehistoric and historic-period rock art. He has field experience in numerous western states, though the Great Basin has been his primary focus. Time permitting, William’s rock art interests are in the identification and documentation of Pahranagat Representational Style sites in Lincoln County, Nevada, committed to determining spatial relationships and further understanding this geographically unique rock art style.


MA – University of Nevada, Las Vegas; 1990 Anthropology; emphasis Historical Archaeology
BA – California State University, Chico; 1977 Anthropology; minor Native American Studies

Publications and Technical Reports Pertaining to Rock Art

Pahranagat Representational Style: A Unique Rock Art Tradition in and Surrounding the Pahranagat Valley, Lincoln County, Nevada. Nevada Archaeologist 26:45-62 (2013)

A Cultural Resource and Geological Study Pertaining to Four Selected Petroglyph/Pictograph Sites on Nellis Range and Adjacent Overflight Lands, Lincoln and Nye Counties, Nevada. HRC, UNLV. HRC Report 1-8-19. (1999).

A Model for Establishing Chronometric Age Determinations for Petroglyphs and Pictographs on the Nellis Air Force Range and Adjacent Overflight Lands, Clark, Lincoln, and Nye Counties, Nevada. Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. HRC Report1-8-20. (1999)

Skepticism and the Shamanic Model in Rock Art. Nevada Archaeologist 18:42-50

Cast Shadows, A Lizard's Tail, and Prehistoric Time Reckoning: A Calendrical Petroglyph on the Lower Colorado River. In Recent Archaeological Work Along the Lower Colorado River. Statistical Research Technical Series, No. 50, Tucson. (1994)

Further Observations at 4-IMP-6905. In Glyphs and Quarries of the Lower Colorado River Valley. Statistical Research Technical Series, No. 44, Tucson. (1994)

Some Observations Concerning Palo Verde Point Petroglyph Site (4-IMP-6905). Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region. BOR Report LC-CA-93-2. (1993)

Paper Presentations Pertaining to Rock Art

Pahranagat Style: Form and Function Revisited. Mojave Rock Art Workshop. 12th Annual Conference, Sweeney Granit Mountain Desert Research Center, California. (2008)

Pahranagat Representational Rock Art Style. Nevada Archaeological Association. 37th Annual Conference, Minden, Nevada. (2008)

Anthropomorphic Petroglyphs of the Pahranagat Region. Society for American Archaeologists, 70th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. (2005)

Pahranagat Style Anthropomorphs. Mojave Rock Art Workshop. 7th Annual Conference, Sweeney Granite Mountain Desert Research Center, California. (2003)

Palo Verde Point and a Calendrical Petroglyph on the Lower Colorado River. Utah Rock Art Research Association Annual Symposium, Cedar City, Utah. (1994)

Cast Shadows and a Lizard's Tail: A Calendrical Devise on the Lower Colorado River. Nevada Archaeological Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. (1994)