Category Archives: Archaeology

Ron Rood joins CRA as new Director of Operations-Utah

Ron Rood, Director of Operations-Utah

Ron Rood, Director of Operations-Utah

Ronald Rood is the Director of Operations for CRA’s Utah office. Originally from Colorado, Ron moved to Utah in 1996 to take a job as the Utah Assistant State Archaeologist. He stayed in that position for 15 years and then got back into Cultural Resource Management. Ron has a somewhat unusual hobby of collecting road-kill for his ever expanding faunal remains comparative collection, currently consisting of more than 300 specimens. Thankfully, his wife and stepdaughter don’t necessarily mind the occasional dead animal in the outdoor freezer.

Archaeological Background

As an archaeologist, Ron has worked across the Northern Plains, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Plateau and in the Eastern Great Basin. He is especially interested in hunter-gatherer archaeology and while working in Utah, Ron became very interested in Fremont faunal exploitation and in the analysis of human remains from Archaic, Fremont and Anasazi sites. Public outreach and education programs are high on Ron’s list of favorite things because without public support, archaeology in North America would severely suffer. Ron is the volunteer caretaker for Danger Cave State Park in Utah’s west desert and often provides tours of this amazing archaeological site for the public and school groups.

In his free time

Ron lives in Magna, Utah with his wife Suzette who is a 5th grade teacher and his stepdaughter who attends high school. Other family members include three dogs, several cats, a turtle, three rabbits, a tree-frog, two lizards, a pond full of large goldfish, and a transient pigeon named Bud. In his free time, Ron enjoys growing a vegetable garden, growing chili peppers, fishing, playing guitar and ukulele (not at the same time), making guitars from wooden cigar boxes, and making homemade catsup.

Excavations at the Artesian Branch Site

Overview of the Excavation at the Artesian Branch Site.

Overview of the Excavation at the Artesian Branch Site.

by Richard Herndon, Principal Investigator

Artesian Branch was a large Late Woodland site investigated during the course of the AOS project (see http://www.modot.org/ehp/AvenueofSaints.htm on the MoDOT website for a summary of the AOS project). Located at the base of a north–south trending bluff along the western edge of the Mississippi floodplain, this site was occupied from approximately A.D. 600 to 1100/1200. Continue reading

Pottery and Tools Recovered from the Carskadon Site Tell a Story

by Richard Herndon, Principal Investigator

Yesterday I introduced the Carskadon Site that CRA excavated during the AOS project. The site has a Middle Woodland occupation (circa A.D. 1–250). Many of the traits observed in the ceramics and lithic artifacts indicated an affiliation with Havana-Hopewell seen elsewhere in the region at this time. Today I’ll expand on the discussion from yesterday. Continue reading

Excavations at the Carskadon Site

Overview of the landscape around the Carskadon site.

Overview of the landscape surrounding the Carskadon site.

by Richard Herndon, Principal Investigator

Carskadon was another site investigated during the course of the AOS project (see http://www.modot.org/ehp/AvenueofSaints.htm on the MoDOT website for a summary of the AOS project). This site was periodically inhabited over the last 2,000 years with the largest occupation occurring during the Middle Woodland (circa A.D. 1–250). Continue reading

Excavations at the Baxter Lake Site

CRA working to excavate Block A at the Baxter Lake site.

CRA working to excavate Block A at the Baxter Lake site.

by Andrew Bradbury, Principal Investigator

Today I would like to present some information that we learned as a result of our excavations at the Baxter Lake site . The site was one of many sites that CRA investigated during the AOS project. A summary of the Baxter Lake excavations can be found on the MoDOT website at: http://www.modot.org/ehp/AOS_Volume4.htm. Analysis of the recovered materials indicated that the site was occupied during the Early Archaic (circa 7500 BC based on the recovered diagnostic hafted bifaces). Continue reading

Excavations at the Berhorst Site

by Andrew Bradbury

During the course of the AOS project, CRA had the opportunity to investigate a number of interesting sites. Here, I’ll discuss one aspect of our analysis of the Berhorst site. A summary of the Berhorst excavations can be found on the MoDOT web site at: http://www.modot.org/ehp/AOS_Volume5.htm. Buried components were identified at the site during the hand-excavation of two blocks. The component of interest here is the Middle Archaic component (circa 5000 BC based on a series of radiocarbon dates). Continue reading

An introduction to the Avenue of Saints Project, Missouri

Over the next week, Andrew Bradbury and Richard Herndon will discuss the Avenue of Saints Project conducted in Lewis and Clark Counties, Missouri, between November 2004 and August 2006.

By Andrew Bradbury 

Middle and Late Woodland features were exposed just below the plow zone at the Carskadon site.

Middle and Late Woodland features were exposed just below the plow zone at the Carskadon site.

From November of 2004 to August of 2006, CRA conducted archaeological excavations in association with the Avenue of the Saints (AOS) project in Lewis and Clark Counties, Missouri. Our work on the AOS project took us to 55 different archaeological sites. Continue reading