Our friends at the Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology at Colorado State University have been hard at work at the Lindenmeier site this summer and making some neat discoveries! Head on over to their page to see more!
Artifacts? Yes, indeed! Lindenmeier Folsom site, Day 12.
We will be posting Folsom tools later in the summer, as we process our field bags from the excavation. But we’ve been fortunate to already recover multiple end scrapers, biface and projectile point fragments, channel flakes, pieces of preforms, etc. As well, LOTS of burned bone from the original camp, though most of this is in mixed context.
But here is a cool find — found by a couple of brothers exploring the site over 50 years ago — an ink bottle from one of the old 1930s excavation pits. It was just “trash” when found years ago, but now is a treasured window into the 1930s Smithsonian field team, and their efforts to document the site and its collections. The bottle was donated to our museum and field project yesterday, a simple bottle safeguarded for over 50 years!
Trivia of the day -- this is a Sanford ink bottle -- one of the oldest ink companies in the United States. Although we don't use ink in this format today, the Sanford company created the Sharpie pen in the 1960s! Of course, we use those by the dozens on the site each and every day in labelling our bags -- and thus carrying on the Sanford ink tradition at Lindenmeier!