Feature 2000-3 is a bell-shaped pit. Somewhat more than half of the pit was excavated.  Bell-shaped pits are found throughout the world and are generally assumed to have been used as storage pits.  The most common explanation for the bell shape is that the wide base provides a large storage area while the narrow neck provides a smaller area to cover for protection of the contents. In this pit, the walls were plastered with caliche to keep out rodents and insects and to help keep out moisture.  After its use as a storage pit, Feature 2000-3 was filled with trash, bone, charred corn, broken pottery and tools.  This pit was about 1.5 meters deep.

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The north wall of the unit shows the trash fill of the pit. A piece of the caliche used to plaster the pit interior. A corner-notched point from fill.

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Sandstone abrader Casey in the pit. Bison scapula hoe

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Dustin Batten, OU student, talks to site visitors Bob Brooks, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Pamela Genova, College of Arts & Sciences, Pat Gilman, Department of Anthropology and  OU graduate student Bo.

Casey Carmichael, teaching assistant for the field school, excavated most of Feature 2000-3.

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