Update at 6:45pm: The evacuation line seems to have moved closer to MamaMia. We are monitoring it online.
Nothing of interest was found by our group so we dug in two other areas, one down by the creek. We slid down the bank, under the California Live Oak trees, through the poison oak and brush, to the creek bed.
We dug our hole, screened some very hard dirt and clay and found nothing of archeological interest.
The archeologist must determine if the site needs a more extensive search for artifacts. Fortunately for this owner, the decision was that while this area may have seen habitation by the Chumash it wasn'thabited by very many people or for long periods of time. He can now move forward to build his dream home.
We did discover some interesting non-archeological items.
A large (3 inches long!) potato bug. He didn't much want to be discovered and headed for the dirt as fast as he could.
Many, many yellow acorns and dried leaves.
There were euchalyptus trees along the creek bed, too. The Professor calls them wild fire torches because in dry weather the bark and branches get so dry and all that wonderful oil is just waiting to burn.
Maybe the Chumash Indians didn't stay around the wild fire areas a long time. They, like us, loved the Southern California coastal mountains and beaches, but they periodically got burned out, too.