6. Agate Fossil Beds National Monument: Archeological Investigations
at Site 25SX163.
Olinger, Danny E.
Site 25SX163 was recorded during a 1975 archeological survey of Agate
Fossil Beds National Monument by the University of Nebraska Department of
Anthropology (Kay 1975). Survey records indicate that the site is located
at and in the area immediately surrounding the interim visitor center.
Cultural material recovered during the 1975 survey consisted of one biface
fragment, four small pottery sherds including two rim sherds and two body
sherds, a few flakes of lithic debris including one of obsidian, and a few
bone fragments. Kay (1975:27) suggests a possible Dismal River
(prehistoric Plains Apache)(Strong 1935:212-217; Gunnerson 1960:141)
cultural affiliation for the site on the basis of the small pottery sample
but indicates that this assignation is tentative. Kay (1975:appendix)
recommends that further research be conducted at the site to determine its
significance for possible nomination to the National Register of Historic
During the week of August 18-24, 1976, test excavations were conducted by
the Midwest Archeological Center to delineate the extent of the site and to
evaluate its National Register significance. The following report
discusses the results of the field work and laboratory analysis of the
materials that were recovered.
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