Where in the hell am I?

December 9, 2009

Holy shit, back at Fort Hood

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — John @ 10:14 pm

3.8 My mini-unit at the end of the day

Originally uploaded by texasrobo

I actually made it back. Got the official call about 9:30 this morning, was on the road by 9:45, and at the site at 11:17. 91 miles in 92 minutes. Think I was excited?
Today was gorgeous, sunny and clear and dry. It was cold, hovering around freezing until 2 or so, and then maybe cracking 40. But when you’re nicely layered and digging in the sun, you warm up, and most of us had our jackets off eventually.
Much of the excavation activity has shifted to Area C, where the multiple possible components were identified in the trench. A Darl point, which dates to the Transitional Archaic period (something like 200 BC to 600 AD), was found in the uppermost levels. No features with this component, and still a relatively sparse artifact recovery overall. The next possible component is 30 cm deeper based on the trench. One of the units is now a “sondage” unit trying to get to the juicy stuff and see whether it’s worth targeting with multiple excavation units. Our time here is limited, so we want to use it wisely.
Area A (where we were focused last week) has been a disappointment. Extremely sparse artifact recovery, although they did find the rest of the hearth feature identified during the 1990s test excavations. Only one team is working in that area at this point.
Area D, with the weird rock slab feature, has been on pause for now. It sounds like they’re going to clear a little bit more around it, but the Texas Historical Commission is going to pay us a visit next week and they want to keep it intact until then. I suppose that’s because it may be a burial feature, but that’s purely my own speculation.
I am so happy to be out here digging, even if we’re not finding much. When I rolled up on the site, I had a mile-wide grin, and one of my friends and co-workers commented right away how smiley I was. I know this dig won’t last much longer, and there’s not gonna be anything like it again for a while. For now, though, it’s definitely reminding me why I chose to do this.



  1. Yay!

    Why is it called Toyah phase? There are a shitload of things named Toyah in West Texas…same Toyah?

    Comment by Joolie — December 10, 2009 @ 12:25 am

  2. I don’t know if the phase got the name Toyah because it was originally discovered in or around Toyah, Texas. It might just be that the person who named the phase liked the sound of Toyah.

    Comment by John — December 10, 2009 @ 7:33 am

  3. Toyah is pretty fun to say. I’m going to name everything Toyah from now on. Ok, back to Toyah work with my Toyah self.


    Comment by Joolie — December 10, 2009 @ 10:33 am

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