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"Oklahoma team to excavate at the 'Buried City'"

Oklahoma team to excavate at the 'Buried City'
trefwoorden: 'begraven stad' - opgraving - VS - 12e tot 15e eeuw
The University of Oklahoma Department of Archaeology will send a team of archaeologists to "The Buried City" in Ochiltree County to conduct another excavation in a class for advance fieldwork in August.
OU archaeologist Susan Vehik, an associate professor and one of the course instructors, said the group will attempt to establish a political link with a nearby site at Elmwood, Okla., located in Beaver County.
According to Vehik, an example of a political link would be establishing the people of the two sites were of the same ethnic group.
She said the Oklahoma project has revealed similarities in pottery designs and types of houses in the two villages. Vehik said the group will look for even more links in the new project.
"We will look at types of houses, ceramics, types of stone tools and projectile points," she said.
According to an OU news release, although archaeological investigations of the Buried City began about 100 years ago, many basic questions surrounding these important sites remain unanswered.
The field school will examine a number of unresolved issues, including the chronological relationship of pithouses and surface stone structures, and also the origin and relationship of the Buried City to surrounding Plains Villagers.
The project begins with an orientation at the Museum of the Plains in Perryton on July 29 and will wrap up when the group returns to Norman, Okla., on Aug. 20.
A graduate student already has visited the site and located, via a proton sensor, some pithouses. Vehik said probably between five to 15 students would join her and associate Scott Browowske at the site.
The archaeologist said scientists at the Oklahoma site also have studied some bell-shaped storage pits thought to be used for food.
"The Buried City" is the term given in 1907 by T.J. Eyerley, professor of the Canadian Academy, to the Indian ruins clustered among Wolf Creek in Ochiltree County. The unique complex of sites reflects an occupation from about 1100 A.D. to 1450 A.D.
The legacy of the valley was preserved when the Harold Courson family bought the land in 1984. Courson, a Perryton oilman and philanthropist, said they have given the Texas Historical Commission a conservation easement on the land.
"I've been interested in things like this all my life, just about," Courson said.
The family personally funded two seasons of archaeological excavations at the site, and Courson has helped the Texas Historical Commission raise additional funding for the site.
bron: Amarillo Global News, 31 mei 2003