Archaeological investigations at Fort Griffin State Historic Park, Shackelford County, Texas




Fox, Anne A.

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Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio


During March, April, and June of 1976 archaeological crews from the Center for Archaeological Research of The University of Texas at San Antonio worked a total of 96 man-days at Fort Griffin, Shackelford County, Texas. The work was done under terms of Interagency Cooperation Contract 0936 with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Antiquities Permit No. 107. The project was administered by Dr. Thomas R. Hester, with Anne A. Fox serving as field director. The following services were to be accomplished, listed in order of priority (for area locations see Fig. 2): 1) AREA A (Enlisted Men's Huts and Mess Halls Gl-G4) 1. Place permanent metal pins and tall wooden stakes at all pathltJay corners. 2. Place permanent metal pins at the known corners of all buildings other than the small EM huts and Barracks Kl. 2) AREA B (Officers' Quarters Ll, L2 and K2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 1. Stake and mark with metal pins all pathways as described above. 2. Place permanent metal pins at all known building corners including those of Barracks K2. 3) AREA C (Officers' Quarters L8-L12) 1. Locate, stake, and mark with metal pins all recognizable gravel and stone pathways within this complex of Officers' Quarters as delineated on plan map. 4) CIVILIAN CEMETERY 1. After grass and weed mowing by park personnel, locate and stake with permanent metal pins as many grave plots as possible. 2. Construct a plan map of the cemetery showing the graves and significant topographic features. 5) AREA D (West end of Parade Ground) 1. Archaeologically investigate and map the structure or structures within this area and permanently mark all corners with metal pins. 2. Backfill exposed features with sand to await permanent stabilization. 6) AREA E (Officers' Quarters L3-L6) 1. Place permanent metal pins and tall wooden stakes at all pathway corners. 2. Stake all known building corners with permanent metal pins.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, Fort Griffin State Historical Park