I am going to Sanderson again next weekend, and I thought I would get some ideas of where to put test holes. I have heard some ideas from Hal and Mike, if they have anything to add that would be great. If anybody else has any ideas please let me know. For some reason most of our finds have been to the left side of the middens. Last time I started to dig a trench in between the middens probably about 3 cubic feet and found some shells and a broken little bird point. Note: as I said before; the dark soil goes down at least 3 feet and is easy to dig, all other soil is very hard.
Hi DJ, good diagram, I immediatly thought ...WOW While indian "mounds" is the common terminology for all idian MIDDENS. In actual fact what one should be looking for is DONUTS [ like your presentation ] ! ! !
Visit my favorite site on the matter...
DONUTS and isobar graph of midden density
also, bottom of front page, hit, WHAT IS A BURNED ROCK MIDDEN.
There is obviously oooodles of other related info.
Lastly, to the direct question of "where to dig" Other than previous comunications, You indicate areas of hardpan or otherwise inpenatrable soils EXCEPT some 3 foot deep black soil. That seems to say it all.....The black soil has got to go!!!!!!!!!!
No, I don't know where to dig around there. I live in Fort Worth, and I have 200 acres in Sanderson about 4 1/2 hours west of San Antonio. I plan on going to Chrisner's or Floyd Cantwells place sometime, both about half way between me and you.
Negative lee, I am about 90 miles west of San Antonio, and DJ's ranch is another 100 miles west of me.
DJ, if you can this trip, try to determine the strata thickness, and try digging outwards to the contacting edge of the harder soil. It sounds like the dark soil is the center of an old hearth. Hopefully there will be some decent points along the edge area. As always, I wish you the best luck possible, and it was really good to meet you and yours at Waxahachie.
DJ, well now, you certaily could dig with it because it's a beefy heavy enough (not like bob-cat), but 2 things, first...I would avoid it until you know more about what you've got with the campsite(hopefully it would be worth the money spent on rental), and have an alternate use for it on your land (road building)or something else as a back up use plan. Actually, one of those small track mounted mini-excavators with a back hoe arm/bucket would be most ideal for testing the parameters of your middens. Second, you'd be quite lucky to find the right rental equipment in Sanderson. It would probably have to come out of San Angelo, or Del Rio, Tx. and either would be a long way to haul it. It sure would take alot of the work out of it though, being able to use a machine instead of the ole back! Best of Luck on your next trip!