Sunday, October 10, 2010


...and what a day it was! In glorious sunshine we attended the Archaeology Program and Fall Colours River Float organized by the Dallas County Conservation Board. The Archaeology Program was a presentation exploring the findings at the DeCamp Site - where a major archaeological dig took place in the 1960's. On display were many of the artifacts found at the site, which was an Great Oasis Indian burial ground dating back to about 1000 AD. It was a great privilege to see these priceless antiquities so close up.

In the trays along the centre are: flint flakes from knapping works, shells that were used as money, two bone tools for straightening green wood for arrows, sandstone abraders for forming arrow shafts, and some large arrowheads. The photographs in the lower part of the picture are from the original dig.

Small arrowheads. These would have been used for small game, such as rabbits. The intricacy of the workmanship is really amazing.

I'm sorry I didn't have the courage to take my camera on the river float - the colours were fabulous, and we saw a bald eagle perched in a tree - I floated almost directly beneath him as he watched the flotilla of canoes and kayaks pass by.

Thanks to Chris Adkins and Dallas County Conservation for putting on such an informative, interesting, and entertaining afternoon!

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