|Plan map of the main excavation area and its archeological features (F.#). The
clusters of rock and charcoal are obvious cooking facilities - small pit hearths (e.g., Feature 5)
and somewhat larger clusters (such as Feature 6) where small earth ovens and other cooking
arrangements were likely built. The bone clusters (such as Feature 10) are thought to be purposeful
deposits of fragmented bones placed in simple holes or in small erosional gulleys. Black 1986: Figure 28.
This pattern of bone disposal suggests that people camping here sometimes kept a tidy camp, perhaps when they were staying for extended stays of several weeks or more. The living surface reflects a much less tidy pattern - a large concentrated area of scattered artifacts (stone tools, animal bones, and pottery sherds among them). Perhaps this was an area of the camp where various activities took place. Confidently interpreting such complex patterns is difficult, especially because we suspect the patterns formed from repeated camping episodes that may have taken place over decades or even several centuries.
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