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In this way a new and lower channel is formed. Sooner or later the main stream also breaches its gravel bank and flows into the lower Page 12 channel. A new stream course is thus established. Hunt concluded that Bull Creek has been diverted at least five times by this kind of process. Originally it flowed down Beaver Canyon; it has been pirated successively by Cow Wash, Dry Valley, Old Bull Creek, and modern Bull Creek at the extreme western edge of the stream's valley. Piracy by the next watercourse to the west, Mc-Clellan Wash, seems only a matter of time (Hunt 1946, Fig.

The focus of Fremont research has shifted again. This summary of Fremont research is purposefully brief. Major works and important concepts are discussed more fully elsewhere (Marwitt 1970:1-5, 135-38; Lohse 1980:41). The purpose in out-lining them here is to provide the con-text of research in which the archeological investigations along Bull Creek were conducted. Of the many reasons for initiating investigations at Bull Creek, one is to be found in Marwitt's delineation of regional and temporal variation and in the central question of the time: What is Fremont?

Excavation and Stratigraphy A control grid system was laid out over the site area, including the observed surface structures and all cultural material. Mapping was accomplished with a plane table and telescopic alidade, as it was at all the Bull Creek sites. Excavation was initiated by clearing out the definable surface structures and was later expanded horizontally from these cultural features in an effort to identify any associated phenomena. The stratigraphy at Gnat Haven was relatively simple, comprising three distinct levels: sterile subsoil, consisting of pre-Fremont alluvium overlying Mancos shale; cultural midden; and loose aeolian surface material.

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