Hello, new guy/neophyte here. A few weeks of scouring the web researching keeps bringing me back to this board so I figured I'd ask for help here. I'm looking for advice on how to identify a site. A relative recently acquired some land in Burnet County and was told by a neighbor there was "an Indian mound" on the property. I'm assuming they were referring to a midden, but that's all this neighbor said, and they didn't know where it was. I know that's pretty vague, but that bit of hearsay has sent me scouring the property for it.
I have to admit I'm clueless and of course I haven't had any luck finding it. I've been looking for burnt rocks but the property is pretty big. I'm assuming if it really is there then it would be overgrown and covered by now. Any pointers on how to find it, where it might be in relation to different features, its size, etc. would be greatly appreciated. There is a large seasonal rock-bed creek and a smaller spring with several washouts, a decent elevation change, and a large field on the property. Please help, I'd love to hear your input.
All the neighbor said was that she had heard there was a mound on the property, that's it. She didn't know anything else about it. There's no way I can start scouting without help from people on this board so I hope someone doesn't mind helping out a clueless greenhorn!
SHeez Sandy !!..thats a nice compliment but a statement like that could have me running all over the State
looking at new properties .. Tee-hee
RJ, the usual "how to" is to put select words in the search block above..lots of good input from knowledgeable posters over the years. Also, EXCELLENT just plain educational info can be had on ;;
Interesting detail on RJ's request for those in the know.
Burnet County covers most of the Llano uplift mineral / granite area, there wont be any traditional fire rock Middens to be found with little to no limestone.
As already suggested, near water is a key factor but finding a camp depends on RJ's exact property geology
( thin soiled granite bedrock camps will have washed away centuries ago )...
I just finished digging 3 mounds in Burnet County.
They were on a dry creek but probably had water
way back when. I was about a mile from the Lampasas River.
There was very little in the 3. A few Pedernalis & Nolan Points.
It was not even worth digging. The mounds were about 3’ tall.
They were solid fire rock, no bones and very little clams or snails.
I think it was too far from the Lampasas River to be a good camp but
you have to dig it some to see what is there.
I like to get a pair of binoculars and get down to about a foot from the ground.
You can spot them pretty easy. You never know when you will hit a good mound
until you dig some of it.
Hope this helps.