Nacho NEVER permits any hand digging on his sites.....matter of fact he HATES hand diggers,,,,,they remove dirt destined for his screen people, their throw dirt has to be kept well separate from screen dirt and they NEVER go deep enough...
At Juno #2 mound the earth mover cant handle the boulders & tree roots that dominate the entire uphill part of the midden..
Nach has allowed that the only way to make a try at the very rich area is to HAND DIG..
This is the overall view as of 3-24
I'm pointing to one of the cleanest walls in Juno.
Nacho and the screening crew will be working right below the hand diggers,no chance of dirt mixing
The shadow pointers mark two examples of the imbedded rock,
There is ZERO overburden to move to get started, depth is already in the tan. Plenty of room for back throw dirt.
Saturday & Sunday April 6 & 7 - - - - $60. per day per digger ( aged 2 yrs old to 99 )( over 99, bring birth certificate or other proof of age )
Same camp area as the screeners have been using the last few months.
Friday afternoon arrivers to camp AOK, no digging til Sat morn first light.
Motels in Sonora & Ozona, about an hours' drive away.
Entry gate is 20.4 miles south from the intersection of 163 & 189. in the pic, on the right can just be seen the start of the bridge that goes over the devils river ( Baker crossing ).
Thanks for info Hal. I wish there was a better way than screening to find the masses. I have parti****ted in screening in the past and the fine delicate stuff that I love to find seems to always be the first casualities of the bucket or the screen. I have damaged my share with a pick and a shovel but It's not the same. When you remove all the overburden with a pick and shovel out the hole, Then you get to the goodies it's like you have arrived back in their camp and your the first visitor since they left. It's just as they left it. All of the surviving artifacts have been inplace for thousands of years. (Un-disturbed except for the elements)
Hand diggers did get a chance to get some exercise at Juno this past weekend.
This is Terry's work area. There is / was a significant snail layer right on top of the pale colored original soil....
And on top of the snails he found a number of nondescript broken pieces of points and 4 Montell bases.
All hand dig areas had that pale "gravely" basement..interesting.