Here's a closer look at a real fire rock midden and surroundings
First small test trench last summer
As the digging proceeded, more surface brush was cleared giving a much better overall look at the size and true " mound" effect.
By the second day just the top of the loader was visible in the trench
Check this profile of history...3 overlapping views
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Looking down stream, the Indian site is on the L just up from that modern man made "tower"
Looking upstream thats my vehicle parked for the nights' camping. These pictures were from standing on the concrete bridge that was the original
route 163, now bypassed.
5 people camped on the property ( no tents, just in the vehicles )..It's an excellent, safe location with fire pits, electric area lights and river access.
Hint for possible future camper / diggers....I'm thinking it would be worthwhile to drive out the afternoon / night before a screen dig and camp so that the dig day can start rested instead of road weary.. ( seems NOBODY
lives right close to Juno Texas ! )
Chef LeNacho prepared the end of day feast for all, just your typical W Tx fare, surf N Turf ( shrimp & Fahita )
This view 200 feet from the ancient camp looking upstream. Just imagine there was a Val Verde family member right here.....Bridge at the modern camp area just visible..
Looks real good, surprised at the amount of water in the river.
Any idea on the size of the camp?
Seemed to me as about the same amount of water as in the dead of the summer dry, might be from a leak in the Oklahoma aquifer. One feature of the river I thought was unique...The color we see on the pics is not reflected sky...it is (milky) white.. instead of the limestone filtering water, looks like it is dissolving ....Acid rain runoff ?
Re size, I would call the visible extent of the mound as " small" but it's on a long high above flood plain ridge that has sign all along it ( very similar to the known Barksdale area that was small camps with artifacts between )