Archaeological Data Review and Inspection of the Ward County Water Well Field


In June, 2010, the Center for Big Bend Studies performed archaeological survey and spot reconnaissance for the Ward County Water Well Project, in Ward County, Texas. Background research identified no previously recorded cultural resources in the project area, and only one new site was discovered. Site 41WR76 is a lithic scatter in a dune setting on the east side of Monument Draw. Background research and fieldwork support the assessment that site density is relatively low in this portion of the southern High Plains, and that prehistoric land use was likely more concentrated in the Monahans Dune System. Information provided by survey and reconnaissance indicates that there is low archaeological site density in the study area and there is little potential for buried archaeological deposits.