Dawn over the dig site. Hal will provide many artifact pictures. His computer was 26 years old and finally kicked the bucket. He is getting a new one now.I hope is is able to figure it out..
Yours truly showing off a frame before the dig. Bakers Crossing.
The diggers arriving waiting for Nacho. ( He was early!)
A birds-eye view of the lower midden from the caves above.
The Devils River. The area is rich in history. Land of the Commanche and Lipian Apache during the Indian Wars. Geronimo was here... Occupation back thousands of years.
Some fellow diggers scoping out the upper midden. We started on it after lunch. This is a before picture before the skidder got after it.
This is Hal with his handy chopper. The midden rock was over seven feet deep.
We estimated the site to be more than 7000 years old based on point type.
Looks like Hal is ready.
One of the first artifacts off the tables. Possibly Pandora. We will call it an Archaic knife at 5.25 inches and just perfect.
The boy picked up a nice Val Verde.
Of course I like my scrapers. This one washed up to reveal some nice material.
A nice early triangle.
I captured this ghostly image as I left. It was standing over Hal's table.Hal has the point pics. Literally a bucket full of artifacts. Cheers!
I will prepare the next set of pics as time allows. I will leave you with a bit of history. The Baker Ranch goes back to the 1800's. The homestead was original Pony Express and the area was the site of many Indian conflicts. Colonal John Bell Hood was a significant figure in the area. You may remember him as a Confederate general in the Civil War. He fought near the ranch before the war. This bridge is the Bakers Crossing. God Bless America!
With the pic's of the terrain, makes you wonder why they settled there. Rough country. Might have looked a lot different thousands of years ago.
The academics that study just the flora & fauna must have plenty of diverse study matter in Tx...
looking at the growth today it's hard to imagine the ancients even needing dart points...any game would have cover just a few feet away if they were in the open...How could they property stalk game while working through thorns, then have room to swing an atalatl?
Asside from actual climate variations...millions of Buffalo probably kept some types of vegetation down.