Where in the hell am I?

April 23, 2010

Another day, another site

I don't dig much, so I was proud that I can still dig a shovel test past 1 meter

Note: with the exception of the photo, this post might not be very interesting to non-CRM professionals. Of course, the same could be said of the blog…

I need to stop predicting short, easy days. Today my two-person team (we call ourselves Mates of State, because we bonded singing along to The Re-Arranger) finished three of our four small survey areas by 1pm, and I was thinking I might actually get back to the hotel at a decent time. Of course, I also knew that the last area to survey was a very high probability area judging by the topo map and a nearby potentially eligible site my company recorded last year.

Sure enough, we get on top of the nice sandy ridge and bang, I get a flake at 40-50 cm below surface. And then nothing the rest of the test, which went to 100 cm. The next shovel test on the transect, 100 m away, also went to 100 cm but didn’t find anything. Finally, I dig a second shovel test another 100 m along the transect, near the edge of the landform, and hit a flake at 20-30 cmbs. Nothing else in the test, which went to 80 cmbs. So we have two shovel tests, separated by 200 meters, with one flake each.

Decided to try and fill in the gaps between the two positives and the negative, before going into full-on delineation mode. This was partly because I was getting tired and delineating a site with two people was going to take a long time, and it was already 3pm and we’d been on the clock since 7am. I was also thinking that if both of the 50-meter interval tests were positive, we’d know for sure it was a site. I was also hoping that if they were positive, they’d have a more dense artifact concentration, or maybe a diagnostic.

So, naturally, one of them is negative, and the other is positive (mine again, 3 for 3 today), and both go very deep (see the photo) One more flake, at 65 cmbs. So now we have three positive shovel tests, with two of them separated by 50 meters, and the third 150 meters to the south. Each has yielded one flake, at a different level, in uniform sand. The client has already shifted the line to avoid one site, and would probably rather not have to move the line again, which would of course have to be resurveyed. The potential site doesn’t seem like much, but at the same time we have a responsibility to the client and the Texas Historical Commission to thoroughly evaluate the resource.

Tomorrow we’ll head back with a full crew to finish delineating the positives and figure out what’s going on. Meanwhile the other team will go and finish delineating TWO sites in another hot area that were identified today.

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1 Comment »

  1. You spend a lot of time in “East Texas”. How much do you love Alto? That’s 10 miles from my home town.

    Comment by roo roo — April 27, 2010 @ 8:11 am


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