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Kennewick, New Data?

The mysterious Kennewick Man, who died 9,000 years ago in the Columbia River Valley, was a seal hunter who rambled far and wide with a projectile point lodged in his hip, five broken ribs that never healed properly, two small … Continue reading

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Field School Commences

Augering has determined that approximate three meters of aeolian sand has blown into the excavation in the last 40 years. Therefore, machinery is brought in to help remove some of the overburden. Budget constraints have limited the size and type … Continue reading

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New Page Added

I am adding a history page that will highlight some of the many photos of work related to the Clovis site over the years.  Although work occurred here over many years, most of our photos date from the late 1960s … Continue reading

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ENMU 2009 Archaeological Field School at Blackwater Draw

Eastern New Mexico University’s 2009 Field School will be held at BWD from June 8 – July 10, and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.  Click the Field School tab at the top of this page to see more information.

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Sediment Sampling

Anth 586 students are performing granulometric analyses on sediments from the Folsom wedge and the Clovis block.  Students will analyze particle size distributions and make observations on the morphology of individual sediment grains.  These data will help interpret the conditions under … Continue reading

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Bone Identification and Cleaning

Recent Anth 586 work on the Folsom wedge and Clovis sediment blocks includes combined efforts toward bone identification, mapping, and ongoing stabilization.  Bone identification is challenging due to the confusing jumble of elements as well as the condition of the … Continue reading

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Mapping

Both the Folsom wedge and the Clovis sediment block are being mapped in plan view.  Each block has a permanent (but arbitrary) elevation datum.  The Folsom wedge is gridded as a 2 x 2m unit with the 100cmN/100cmE point roughly … Continue reading

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Mapping the Bones

Along with photos, all bones are being illustrated and mapped.  GTC

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ENMU 2009 Archaeological Field School at Blackwater Draw

Eastern New Mexico University’s 2009 Field School will be held at BWD from June 8 – July 10, and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.  Click the Field School tab at the top of this page to see more information.

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Folsom wedge successfully moved

Thursday afternoon, with the help of student volunteers, the Folsom wedge was successfully relocated from the Visitors Center to the weatherport, which will serve as an excavation laboratory. George’s wooden support framework and skid runners worked well, enabling the ca. … Continue reading

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Folsom Block Prepared to Move for Analysis

Today I constructed a frame to help protect the plaster-jacketed block in order to move it from the storage room.  The block weighing well over 1000 pounds is wider than the door.  Fortunately, it lies on a sturdy frame and … Continue reading

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Continuing Work at the Clovis Type-Site

Work continues on the extensive collections of Blackwater Draw.  We are currently working to build and update a searchable catalog of artifacts and faunal remains. Bones to be stabilized for future display.

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