The Geoarcheology of the McNeill Ranch Site: Implications for Paleoindian Studies of the Gulf Coastal Plain of Texas

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Abstract

Excavations at the McNeill Ranch site (41VT141) found prehistoric artifacts, including Late Paleoindian components, preserved in a Deweyville terrace. Deweyville terraces date to the Late Pleistocene, yet archeological materials are being recovered from the upper portions of these terraces across the Gulf Coastal Plain of Texas. Detailed stratigraphic studies at the McNeill Ranch site, combined with data from other localities, indicate there is the potential for the preservation of archeological deposits in Deweyville terraces. These archeological deposits were buried during the Holocene by localized eolian and colluvial deposition. The results of this study demonstrate that Deweyville terraces provide opportunities to investigate Paleoindian occupations in a region where Paleoindian sites are not readily preserved or are hard to access due to submersion by sea level change during the Holocene, exposure on stable upland settings, and burial by deep Holocene alluvial sequences.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-64
JournalBulletin of the Texas Archeological Society
Volume78
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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