This is how we do it in East Texas.I been diggin about 500yds away for over ten years and pulled out over 1000 arrowheads.This mound I have known for over tens yrs and been saving it. Now I am going to dig it for the first time.In the pictures I am down about 4 ft. and have not hit bottom.Lots of charcoal down deep.Found one arrowhead not pictured was a Gary point to crude to post a picture.I think I will hit some San Patrice points once I hit the bottom if their is a bottom.This is a true mound and is tall and round.It just sticks out at you.I will be back to digging next week and will keep everyone updated with what I find with pictures.
The top 1 f.t or 2 is a fine sugar sand and then it changes into red hard packed sand.As you can see I don't use a shovel from a hardware store.Hardware shovel just don't hold up to the sand and eats them up.I use a very old very hard to find rice shovel with the neck strighted out.It takes time to master finding arrowheads with a shovel in sand.I have chop the sand and listen when I hit flint dig it out and use a very thin long knife to chop it out of the shovel.I can sometimes tell to by the sound that its a arrowhead.I don't miss much.
Good report Steve. Very interesting to see how the other half lives [ East Tx half that is ! ]
Your pics are the first I have seen in that soil other than some Florida 100% sand hog diggin.
Good thing you report such good results from your other 10 year project so you know what to expect on the new area ! I'm thinking a proper name for your new site might be the " WONDER SITE " !
With no fire rock, wonder what created a " mound "?
Wonder why the aluvial [ washed in soils ] did not level out any irregularities in the sub surface ?
Wonder if ALL the digging other than test holes is listening for flint on shovel or do you eventually create a wall for a different excavating technique ?