Message #201 Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 Subject: Coronado Research At Sites In Blanco Canyon TX [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: C. Randall Morrison CMorri5034@aol.com Floyd County Texas Hesperian-Beacon 102:24:1,3 (11 JUN 98), Floydada TX: Dr. Ronald Blakeslee and other students from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas assisted by volunteers from Kansas, New Mexico and Texas returned to work in the canyon, at the Coronado dig site, from May 23rd through May 29th. Archeologists from Germany and Slovakia also assisted in the digs. The archeologists have been coming to the site since Labor Day weekend 1995 and have returned four times a year, each year, since then. Geomorphological testing by Dr. Rolfe D. Mandel of Topeka, Kansas was done recently at the Jimmy Owens Site in Blanco Canyon. Results of the tests have not been received yet. Five of the copper crossbow bolts have been released by the Wichita State Lab and transferred to the Floyd County Historical Museum. Among the points returned are those found by Floyd County amateur archaeologists Jimmy Owens, Ray Macha and Roland Adams. According to Dr. Blakeslee the Coronado site in Floyd County is "the earliest historic site in Texas." "We hope to draw tourists here from all over the world," said Blakeslee. The archeologists are now concentrating their efforts along river terraces and are finding Coronado material mixed in with Comanche and Kiowa artifacts. "We are finding Coronado material 5 1/2 feet down," said Blakeslee. "That is why it is not being picked up with a metal detector. Two thousand years ago there was a very nice lake at this site. We are digging at a site that is 230 meters wide and 450 meters long." According to Blakeslee the artifacts are "incredibly well preserved." "It is a dry area and the soil is not salty. There are in a wonderful stage of preservation now, but the more we handle them we can damage them. The salt comes off our hands and causes 'copper disease' which corrodes the material. "As we turn over the Coronado artifacts to your museum it is important to make sure the museum building has the proper climate control and packaging to preserve the artifacts. This is very essential." The archeologists are expected to return during Labor Day weekend. In other news at the Floyd County Museum, the museum has been notified that photos of the 3/4 scale model of the Montgomery Ranchhouse located in the museum will be included in a feature story about Dugouts to be published in a future issue of Texas Highways Magazine.