Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work
The goal of Stage IIa of the Tomoka Archaeology Project (TAP) is to characterize archaeological sediments across the site and determine their horizontal and vertical extent. Data from this work provides a means for distinguishing between deposits produced through different activities and insight into how late Mount Taylor groups organized their living and monumental spaces. Knowing the composition and character of subsurface deposits and their distribution will aid in selecting areas with the greatest potential to produce the kinds of data required for paleoenvironmental reconstruction – preserved plant and animal remains – and are found in organically enriched sediments, especially shell – making preservation possible by reducing soil acidity. Data on the location of deposits with preserved organics will help to determine locations to excavate and sample during the next phase of field work.