Hi Brad, Your weekly finds are really starting to add up nicely....I went back and re-read your comments on your "new" area. You and your buddy seem to have found a proper new overlooked area because your finds are way to many for anyone ever to have accidentally tossed out into their throw. The variety is neat, Perds to Gower, that a good time line.
So now that you've confirmed a good area, have you done that all important, REALLY deep test hole ??
I wish you good luck...because BAD LUCK would be fighting your way five feet down and finding a gorgeous unbroken CLOVIS.! NOW you gotta move 50 tons of overburden !!!
Im 4 ft down in the hole where we recovered the "cache" of Gowers and there is a ton of occupation sign at the bottom. The only real pieces I have found down that far are two broken backs from knives that were tossed in a fire. I'm still hopeful to find paleo..all the early archaic has come from that side of the ditch. Luckily I dont have to clean a hole out so to speak..just dig at the proper depth into the ditch wall. Thanks for the encouragement! I'll be headed out for a couple hours after work.
P.S. It isn't that the site has been overlooked...it's just so massive an area (15 acres?) all of campsites from various time periods. I've counted 5 "mounds" and thats just those that are visable....6 if you count the one on the other side of the ditch where the gowers came from. It takes a little "injun-uity" to figure out where occupation occured that has not yet been disturbed by sloppy diggers. Truely a rare chance to dig a site like this....and I will as much as possible, as in the near future (5 years or less) I estimate it all to be developed and turned into condos with a view of a creek; probably with no mention of the historical importance such a site holds.
Reminds me of the good ole days digging around Austin, and most of the time just ahead of the dozers! I'm sure your vision of condos with a view of the creekside is on key. So much campsite....so little time. Your right, development won't say nothing about an historic indian site......a hike and bike trail is about the best they would do, and even then they would likely have to be pressured into it. I hope you do have 5 years left.....maybe since were on the edge of another potential recession, the pace might slow down some. At any rate....Good Luck, and dig while you can!
Its a shame most people are so busy chasing the buck they dont realize and or care of the things they walk all over on a daily basis. Perhaps if each had to live as the ancients did for just a month, a greater appreciation of the beauty of nature and the things it has to offer would be achieved; not to mention a respect for one another and a comradery that Americans once had that is long lost.