A Day in the Life of an Archaeological Field School Student (06/15/15)-By Kimberly Martin

I was assigned to look for artifacts in and around Feature A, which is a rock ring that was found on Round Mountain. I started looking for artifacts by scanning over the top layer of grasses, dirt, and even picking up interesting rocks because they might be some sort of flaked stone tool. On the northeastern portion of the wall I found an obsidian projectile point hidden in-between some of the larger rocks that once made up the wall. Since this was a flaked stone tool, Dr. Hard explained how to document the point in the artifact bag log and how to use a GPS to record the exact provenience for the point. Obsidian is an igneous rock and a volcanic glass that can be very sharp and is perfect for the creation of tools. It can also be sourced back to its original region. If this point were to be sourced and the results indicated it is not indicative to this region, then it may be plausible that the inhabitants of Round Mountain traveled long distances for this resource.

The obsidian projectile point and me. I found within the wall of the  rock ring designated Feature A

The obsidian projectile point and me. I found the point within the wall of the rock ring designated Feature A

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The obsidian projectile point.

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