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January 6, 2010

Fort Hood Day 13, part 1


13.5 Projectile point in situ

Originally uploaded by texasrobo

A lot happened today, and it was an extremely long day. After working 10 hours, we drove back to Austin, making for a 12 hour day. I did a lot of heavy digging, and didn’t sleep well this week, so I’m exhausted.
Sorry, but I promise tomorrow will be better. And you can click on the photo to go to my Flickr photostream for a sneak preview.
The morning started a little warmer, although there was still some frost at the site. Fortunately, the black plastic covers kept the ground from freezing this time.
Everything needed to be wrapped up today, so two people worked in Area D-1 on Feature 4, one person worked in Area A-1 on Feature 5, and four of us worked on getting the new units in Area C down to the target zone. The big boss spent some time documenting and collecting samples from Feature 8, the really sweet basin-shaped hearth we sort of blew through during our “expedited excavations”. By around 10 am, we were ready to start doing some real digging.
It didn’t take long for things to get exciting. Christian was digging the unit north of mine (once again, I got the unit on top of the feature). I looked over and saw something weird sitting in an area he had just skimmed with his shovel. I pointed it out to him, and it turned out to be a projectile point (see the photo). So we shared the credit. The point is a bit of a conundrum, as it looks to be an Ensor point, which sort of monkeywrenches our whole projectile point stratigraphy from the money units. I suppose we’ll deal with that more in the lab/office. Besides, unlike many digs, we’ve recovered a lot of good, stratified charcoal samples for radiocarbon dating, so we’re not reliant on the diagnostic artifacts for our dates.
Both Feature 4 and Feature 5 appear to be shallow basin-shaped hearths, and both yielded several good charcoal samples and little else. Some bison bone was found in the vicinity of Feature 5; this was the only bison bone found at the site. The largest freshwater mussel shell any of us had ever seen was recovered from Feature 4.
The action, as usual, was at the money units (albeit the new northern ones) in Area C, but you’ll have to read Part 2 tomorrow for the rest of the story!

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