The second session of the ENMU Anth 586 Geoarchaeology class is resuming excavation of the Folsom wedge this spring. Over the course of this semester we will continue to excavate this sediment block, collecting and analyzing sediment samples in order to (1) determine the area of the site from which it originated and (2) describe the stratigraphic, sedimentary, and archaeological record it contains.
The sediment block has revealed many bison bones including ribs, vertebrae, various longbones, and a large scapula. The objective this semester is to document and begin removing the faunal contents from the block. The bone is extremely friable and has been stabilized within the matrix in an effort to aid taking measurements, photographs, and making identifications before removal.
Sediment and bone samples will be collected in hopes of confirming the age of the Folsom wedge through a series of radiocarbon dates. Another great hope is that diagnostic stone tools will be found as excavation continues. This is 1 of at least 4 plastered blocks collected in the 1960s during a period of salvage excavations prior to bulldozing during gravel mining activities.