The Clovis levels are found in a fine yellow alluvial deposit and contain an array of Clovis artefacts including bifaces, blades, blade and flake tools and stone tool manufacturing debris.

Exeter students excavating the Clovis levels at the Gault site

The Gault project: Palaoindian and pre-Clovis archaeology in Texas 

Professor Bruce Bradley

Professor Bradley has been participating in the Gault School of Archaeological Research (GSAR) in Austin, Texas for several years and has been appointed a co-Principal Investigator of the project at Texas State University, San Marcos. The GSAR is directed by Dr. Michael Collins who has a team of research and support staff. The main focus of the project has been on the extraordinary deposit (up to 22 acres) of Clovis materials and has produced a wealth of new information about this early North American culture (circa 13,000 years ago). Over the last few years, Professor Bradley has taken groups of Exeter students to the site to excavate. These students have mostly been working in the Archaic and Clovis levels, though some groups have also encountered artifacts below the Clovis level. Gault is one of the very few sites in the Americas where such pre-Clovis occupations have been identified. Bradley plans to take more groups of students from Exeter to participate in this significant research project. One of Professor Bradley's PhD students is using some of the results as part of her thesis research. A book about Clovis technology, written with Dr. Collins and other Gault staff, has just been published; this book is primarily based on the Gault research.