In summer 2011 I participated in the Courson Archaeological Research (CAR) project in Perryton, TX, right outside Amarillo. The Courson project includes multiple sites on land owned by Mr. Courson, who has a huge interest in archaeology and the plains area of Texas. Since 2000, geophysical surveys and archaeological survey and excavation projects have been carried on land used for grazing cattle and for farming. For the first two weeks of this three-week project in 2011, I dug test pits at an Archaic site called Spider Peak; we found a lot of chert debitage as well as bison bone fragments. During the third week, when I was not in the lab, I had the chance to use a metal detector twice as we searched for historic sites with metal remains that may have been used by Native Americans, soldiers, or both.
|Marley (center) on a windy day at Spider Peak.|