Genevieve Lykes Duncan Site—Late Paleoindian Excavation

2013

Discovered in 2010, this multiple component site contains stratified deposits as old as c.a. 11,000 years. While there is a considerable surface assemblage, numerous features were discovered in deeply buried contexts, and each phase of investigation produces new discoveries. Preliminary highlights include:

  • some of the earliest radiocarbon dates in the region;
  • Late Paleoindian cooking technology that utilized stone lined hearths and groundstone;
  • several near-contemporaneous Late Paleoindian features;
  • charcoal plant identifications that raise intriguing paleoenvironmental questions;
  • scientific collaboration with geomorphologists and geophysicists.

Fieldwork, analyses, and reporting are ongoing, and details can be found in the CBBS newsletters from 2011 (Volume 22) and 2012 (Volume 23). Periodic updates are also available on the CBBS Facebook page.


Arroyo wall where features were exposed
Bob Mallouf standing by an excavation
Broken metate
Archaeiologist pointing out layers in excavation wall
Carbon layer found in excavation wall
Site wall diagram