Confirming Fremont Habitation?
After surveying and test excavating several sites for the first several days of the PIT project, Clay's crew moved to Michelle's site because Byron felt that her site offered the most potential for understanding who lived on Anthro Mountain and how they may have survived.
When Clay's crew moved to Michelle's site it was already clear to PIT leaders that the excavated bedrock already uncovered at the site continued west through the site. Clay's crew found that against the west wall were slabs that were inclined into the feature, possibly indicating the existence of a wall of some sort. The crew also found some fragments of a thin sandstone metate, a beautiful local chert biface about 8-10 cm long, and an elko Corner-notch projectile point that had been reworked into an awl (An awl is used like a needle or punch to pierce hides or other material so they could be sewn together.) These artifacts may possibly confirm that the site was one used by the Fremont people, although there is some disagreement between Byron and Clay about this issue because the Elko points were used during Late Archaic and Fremont occupations--Clay thinks the Anthro site is Late Archaic and Byron thinks it's Fremont.
Sandra, Terry, Clay, Grant
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