View looking to the northwest at the start of the excavations at Hank's house showing the setting in the West Pasture valley. The first row of 2-x-2-meter excavation units has been dug down to expose the upper part of the layer of burned clay daub and charcoal across Hank's house. Note the thick layer of wind-deposited sand dunes that was cleared out using machinery before the excavation started. The white PVC tubes are part of a water-level system used to measure elevations throughout the excavation block. The supply tent is in the creek bottom, and the sage-covered flat behind it is an alluvial terrace on the valley bottom. In the background are caliche-capped mesas and edge of the High Plains. Photo by Doug Boyd.
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