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In the foreground archeologists can be seen under the clump of oak trees growing out of a small burned rock midden. Bird's eye view looking south across the Honey Creek excavations.The concrete wall was part of a former goat shed the rancher had purposefully placed atop the well-drained rise created by the burned rock midden.In the late 1980s, researchers were beginning to understand how and why burned rock middens formed, but they hadn’t quite put the pieces together.A sketch of the history of midden interpretation can be found in the Camp Bowie exhibit.The site was excavated in 1987-1988 by an archeological team from the Texas Department of Transportation led by Glenn T.Goode, prior to its destruction by a road widening project.In other words, middens are special site features, not sites in and of themselves.

Now turn to the "Prehistoric Recycling" section of the text and read an interpretation based on these details. Selected artifacts from Cluster 6, a hodge-podge mix of arrow points, a few dart points, and other stone tools, several of which show evidence of recycling.The midden is hard to make out in this photo, but it runs under the wall and the oak trees are near its center.The individual clusters of rocks on the left are the remains of plant-baking facilities known as earth ovens.You can read more about earth ovens elsewhere in this website, but consider a few telling numbers from the midden at the Honey Creek site.We can calculate, at least crudely, the number of plant baking episodes it took to form this smallish midden.