Sunday, August 8, 2010

Florist site 2010-08-08

Today's tests were in an area slightly depressed from the previous tests. Lots of fire cracked rock with enormous amounts of tiny pebbles in a matrix of fine soil, highly compacted, but very few flakes. This suggests this area may have been a seep, with water percolating up, fluidizing and sorting the soil particles that dried very compactly when the water table dropped. In the 1800s, the Wallkill River was diverted to is present path, leaving this area much drier. Apparently, given the paucity of flakes, this was not a comfortable place to sit down and work in when wet. 
See ya next week!

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