Welcome to the inaugural edition of Mule Creek Underground! We’ve started this blog to give you a feel for the process of planning, conducting, and living through an archaeological research project.
First, a little history is in order. This will be our fourth year working in Mule Creek, and our largest effort to date. We’re in Mule Creek because of a combination of fine archaeology, unique natural resources (especially obsidian), and the goodwill of members of the community. This project has been a joint venture between Archaeology Southwest and various colleges, colleagues, and community members.
This summer, we have partnered with the University of Arizona (U of A) to bring students from around the country to Mule Creek for archaeological test excavations at the Fornholt site (LA164471). The project directors are Preservation Archaeologists Deb Huntley and Jeff Clark from Archaeology Southwest. Katherine Dungan, an Archaeology Southwest employee and graduate student from the U of A, is the Field Director. Your author for what I hope will be an exciting five weeks of archaeological field work is Rob Jones, Preservation Fellow, field assistant and (part-time) field chronicler.
The lush landscape of the Mule Creek region