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SRI Awarded Murray Springs Clovis Site Condition Assessment

Murray Springs
Excavations at the Murray Springs mammoth kill site area. Note mammoth remains exposed underneath the "black mat." Photo provided by Vance Haynes.

In August 2011, Statistical Research, Inc., was awarded a contract to perform a condition assessment of the internationally known Murray Springs Clovis Site located in the San Pedro River National Riparian Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This project was aggressively sought by several qualified companies, and our selection by the BLM is a testament to the expertise and quality of work that SRI offers. Excavated by Dr. C. Vance Haynes between 1966 and 1971, the Murray Springs site is one of the best-dated Paleoindian sites in North America, and it continues to function as a proving ground for exciting new theories regarding human colonization and Pleistocene extinctions, including the recent proposal for an extraterrestrial impact 12,900 years ago.

SRI is tasked with: (1) assembling all the available archaeological, hydrological, and geological site information; (2) preparing a GIS that includes all this information with a focus on all previous excavations; (3) determining the spatial extent of the Clovis-aged site deposits via systematic and judgmental coring; (4) assessing impacts to the site caused by a recent increase in groundwater elevation that has saturated the site sediments and promoted erosion; and (5) modeling the rate of erosion and effects of prolonged saturation of the sites' archaeological, paleontological, and paleoenvironmental deposits over the next 10 years.

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