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The Adams County Record Thursday, July 16, 2009 DalbYisk artifacli{.:  9roject keeps moving forwa rc Jerry Jerrems down in the one-meter-square hole bringing up soil for testing. He thought the soil may preserved bones of any significant age. Here's a report on alfalfa/grass field had our State Historic just been cut but was Preservation Office/ starting to grow back, Adams Cbunty and the visibility was Historic Preservation not great. We found lots Commission project of fire-affected rocks and with archaeologist Jerry a few chips. Probably Jerrems. the most valuable on- Jerry came up for a site info was obtained quick overview of the from the landowner area and artifact collec- describing where vari- tion from our primary ous artifacts had been focus site in the Council found. We also looked Valley on July 1. He at the location where took a number of pro- the "nearly-Clovis" point jectile points for detailed had been found a couple examination, and testing. On Friday, July 10, several volunteers went out to the primary focus site north of Mill Creek and flagged fire-cracked rocks, chips, etc. The sketching years ago. Although this point is an important local find, it may not be as old as the origi- nal guess. We now know that several more points with this base configu- ration have been found at the primary site. He is be too acidic here to have in the area, That afternoon we vis- ited with two local col- lectors, and examined and photographed their artifact collections. Both men have been rabid local Collectors their entire lives and know of many locations in the area where artifacts have been found,. They know exactly where most of the pieces in their collections came from. Their knowledge of local archaeological sites is priceless, and we will be doing more research with them in the future. Some of the items in their collections are very unique and rare- ly, if ever, documented. Although I'm not sure if these guys would mind David Valentine (left), :Jim Camp and Jerry Jerrems in the ground. public landl and tech- nically" anything found there belongs to the landowner. But, to us, the knowledge gained from the sites and arti- facts are much more important than whether the letter of the law, was observed. On Saturday, David Valentine {Boise archae- ologist / volunteer), Jim Camp, Jerry and I start- ed a one-meter-square dig at the primary focus site. The ground was extremely hard, and to get it through the I/8" screen required break- ing up some stubborn clods. At the end of about 8 hours, we had recovered a number of fire-affected rocks and a few very small chips. Most of these were in that the Indians were processing something a lot here. Just what that wa, we don't know yet. The first thought for Jerry was camas, but given the dry nature of most of the valley (much of Council Valley seems to have been covered with sagebrush before irrigation) there may not have been enough cam- ass here to make it a major processing center. Of course the climate may have been very different thousands of years ago. On Sunday, Jerry and I met Mark Smith at Meadows and pho- tographed and noted the source of a num- ber of artifacts collected by Mark, Gayle Dixon, Larry Kingsbury and Page 5 !!!I at our hard-earned hole Jim Camp and Jerry met at the "nearly-Clovis" site later on Sunday to record info onit/ All in all, we just scratched the sur- face of what is yet to be discovered in the Adams County area. I am amazed, and I think Jerry is too, as to how many sites there .are in the Council Valley alone, plus many outly- ing sites that have yet to be documented. I keep hearing of places near Crane Creek (just out- side Adams County--in Washington County) that are incredibly rich in artifacts. One thing that I hope will be improved is the coordination of informa- tion between the State Historic Preservation Fisk Computers Larry & Penny Fisk (208) 253-6073 2193 Ridge Road. Fruitvale. Idaho Inflsk@idahoheartland.net > Pentlum 4 Systems built for IHabillty. Performance > Upgrades, Repairs :> Large Inventory of Parts > New and Used Pentlum Systems > Networldng. 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We assume that artifacts have been collected on private or the top foot or so. After we were done with the official part of the job, I dug down to about the one-meter level to see if we would hit any other soil type, but found only the same soil. The fact that there are so many fire-cracked rocks may indicate that this site was used for something related to processing with fire. The number of pestles also means others a few years ago. Office (and the State The general location of Historical agencies in each artifact had been general) and the Forest well-documented. I had Service. {My impres- to leave early, but got to sion is that info shar- see one site and make a ing between the state quick visit to the DeMoss and BLM is better.) site. I get the impression Especially in an area that there is much more like ours, with Forest work to be done o n the !and composing much DeMoss artifacts. 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