Where in the hell am I?

February 13, 2009

The end of the road

Camino Real middle road

Originally uploaded by texasrobo

Although it’s kind of hard to see, this is a photo of the Middle Road of the Camino Real within our project area. Our location matches one identified by a graduate thesis on the area.

On Wednesday, we finally finished the site delineations that I talked about in the last post. Additional findings include:
– A few ceramic sherds discovered on the site west of the slave quarters. These may be Caddo or an Early Ceramic occupation.
– A lithic production area in the prehistoric component near the plantation house (we finally got access to that property, but didn’t find the house). They also may have recovered a glass flake.
– Two additional thermal features on the enormous Caddo site, which was extended well to the west. Many more artifacts were located, including a quartzite mano/battering stone (discovered by yours truly in a road disturbance), two more petrified wood biface fragments, and some diagnostic ceramic sherds, including an sherd with a recognizable decorative pattern (a band with triangles protruding, referred to as Ticked Lines here). I’ll try and get some photos of these added to Flickr as soon as I get them from the field crews.
– We also had access to the pasture across the road where the Presidio may have been. Despite intensive shovel testing, no artifacts of any kind were located in this area. This was a bit surprising and disappointing, although it did help to establish an eastern site boundary.

Of course, it isn’t all finished yet. We still have to figure out a reroute, which may require a whole new survey area.

And then there’s the Texas Historical Commission. The SHPO himself has taken a personal interest in our work in this area, which means intense scrutiny of our methodology, our results, and the project impacts in the area. There will be a meeting next week involving the SHPO and probably other THC archaeological staffers, several of our archaeologists (myself included),  our client’s cultural resources coordinators, and other interested parties that I maybe shouldn’t name right now. I have no idea what to expect. At one point, it was mentioned that we would be going to look at some of the known road traces so we have an idea what they look like. But that’s probably changed with so many interested parties involved. All I know is that we did a very thorough job investigating the area and recording our discoveries, and will make every effort to insure that the Middle Road and the sites in the area are fully documented and not impacted.
Obviously, we’ve grown so used to the charlie foxtrots that one more doesn’t phase us.



  1. don’t forget, they hate the second a in archaeology. god, that drives me insane when reading code. archeology just … smacks of a completely different mindset.

    Comment by chew — February 14, 2009 @ 6:37 am

  2. […] Camino Real de los Tejas, aka the Kings Highway or Old San Antonio Road, a Spanish colonial trail which I’ve discussed a bit here before. The first stop is along the side of the road, where a historical marker tells some of the basics […]

    Pingback by Welcome to Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, closed Mondays « Where in the hell am I? — January 11, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

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