Title

Geoarchaeology of House Features, Redbird Beach, Hells Canyon Idaho

Presenter Information

Eryn Baumgart
Tiffany Cummings

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Housepit, Geology, Archaeology

Abstract

The Redbird Beach site contains extensive vertical exposures of archaeological materials inter-bedded with Snake River flood sediments. Stratigraphic analyses reveals 30 or more flood events (1000-2500 B.P.). Previous studies by students from Washington State University and CWU have documented several hearths, ovens, and possible house floors (200-2000 B.P.) exposed in upper portions of bank profiles. Suites of subsurface surveys by University of Arkansas suggest intact features remain buried in the upper terrace. This undergraduate research project reexamines stratigraphic evidence for possible house floors. We outline criteria and results for distinguishing house floors from flood channels or stream troughs.

Poster Number

41

Faculty Mentor(s)

Hackenberger, Steve

Additional Mentoring Department

Anthropology and Museum Studies

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Geoarchaeology of House Features, Redbird Beach, Hells Canyon Idaho

SURC Ballroom C/D

The Redbird Beach site contains extensive vertical exposures of archaeological materials inter-bedded with Snake River flood sediments. Stratigraphic analyses reveals 30 or more flood events (1000-2500 B.P.). Previous studies by students from Washington State University and CWU have documented several hearths, ovens, and possible house floors (200-2000 B.P.) exposed in upper portions of bank profiles. Suites of subsurface surveys by University of Arkansas suggest intact features remain buried in the upper terrace. This undergraduate research project reexamines stratigraphic evidence for possible house floors. We outline criteria and results for distinguishing house floors from flood channels or stream troughs.