Preliminary Results of the 2015 Investigations at the Hell Gap Site

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Jacobs, Sarah
Bossio, Laura
Čurčija, Zack
Hampton, Alex
Hilson, Heather
Moore, Amanda
Saint, Bradley
Visina, Anthony
Wilson, Keaton
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During the 2015 field season, we excavated 26 one-by-one-meter units consisting of 5.3 m3 of deposit; 4.0 m3 from Locality I, and 1.3 m3 from Locality IE with an average of 23 cm excavated per unit. We followed excavation protocols in mapping items with the pro-point; chipped stone greater than 10 mm, ochre and charcoal greater than 5 mm, and natural rock greater than 50 mm were mapped in. At the end of the season, the witness block terminated in stratum E3 (97.55 or 97.50 meters), which is the Hell Gap complex, with the exception of four units in the southwest corner that concluded in pre-cultural deposits, stratum D2. In the eastern units (Locality IE), excavation terminated in stratum E2 (97.30 or 97.15 meters), below a bone bed. Although the Goshen component is usually in stratum E1, the bone bed at the bottom of E2 in this area of the site is thought to be Goshen.
Archaeology, Hell Gap, Wyoming, Guernsey