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Authors

Wayne C. Young

Agency

Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Highway Design Division

Abstract

The State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (SDHPT) conducted archaeological tests on Site 41CI30 in Childress County in May 1988. The site is located about 1.5 miles south of Childress at the intersection of Scatterbranch Creek and a county road and covers about one acre in the northeast quadrant of the intersection. The majority of it is located on private property outside the jurisdiction of the SDHPT. Testing indicated that the site is a low density prehistoric campsite. Lithic debris was largely limited to the upper 20-30 cm of orange, sandy soils. A total of four 1 meter squares were excavated within the right-of-way to a depth of 50 cm. These units exposed part of a hearth visible in the roadcut. A total of 47 flakes were recovered from 20 levels. No tools were found in the excavations and the only biological material recovered was an unburned hackberry seed from the hearth. Further research is not proposed because of the low artifact recovery rates and the eroded nature of much of the site. The portion of 41CI30 within the project right-of-way does not appear worthy of nomination as a State Archaeological Landmark. The area outside the project limits is less disturbed and located on more desirable landforms and may merit inclusion as a State Archaeological Landmark.

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