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PHOTO MONTAGE OF ASAA EXCAVATIONS AND DISCOVERIES

Olive Branch site, Alexander Co., IL

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Projectile points and drills discovered during summer 1998 excavation, Olive Branch site.

Projectile points and drills discovered during summer 1998 excavation, Olive Branch site.

Selected Very Early Archaic artifacts from the Olive Branch site, southern Illinois.

Selected Very Early Archaic artifacts from the Olive Branch site, southern Illinois.

1999 excavations to limestone bedrock, Olive Branch site, Illinois.

1999 excavations to limestone bedrock, Olive Branch site, Illinois.

Projectile point tip, ca. 10,000 radiocarbon years old, Olive Branch site, 2000.

Projectile point tip, ca. 10,000 radiocarbon years old, Olive Branch site, 2000.

Excavation deep into Mississippi River silts, Olive Branch site, 2000.

Excavation deep into Mississippi River silts, Olive Branch site, 2000.

ASAA Members Jason Neralich and Cordelia Lampley holding first of two Very Early Archaic ritual blades unearthed at the Olive Branch site, August, 2003.

ASAA Members Jason Neralich and Cordelia Lampley holding first of two Very Early Archaic ritual blades unearthed at the Olive Branch site, August, 2003.

ASAA Members hard at work exposing the Neralich Cache, Olive Branch site, August, 2003.

ASAA Members hard at work exposing the Neralich Cache, Olive Branch site, August, 2003. Click here to view close up of blade.

Second of two Very Early Archaic ritual bifaces being exposed, Neralich Cache. Both bifaces were enveloped in red ochre-stained earth.

Second of two Very Early Archaic ritual bifaces being exposed, Neralich Cache. Both bifaces were enveloped in red ochre-stained earth.

The pair of Very Early Archaic bifaces, Neralich Cache, in their original positions, tips pointing upriver, Mississippi River. No human remains or other artifacts were observed around the bifaces, which lay in red ochre.

The pair of Very Early Archaic bifaces (Neralich Cache) in their original positions, tips pointing upriver (Mississippi River). No human remains or other artifacts were observed around the bifaces, which lay in red ochre. Click here to view close up of blades.