What Happened to Charlie Hatchett?

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What Happened to Charlie Hatchett?

Post by War Arrow » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:04 pm

Seeing as I'm just down the road from him now, and I remember being impressed by some of the stuff he was digging up as of a couple of years ago, I've been wondering about Charlie. He still has his Texas music website, but didn't respond to a hey, remember me? email I sent to that address. I just looked on here for clues but he seems to have deleted all his posts, which must have taken some doing. Not really interested in the spat (which I just about remember anyway, although I didn't realise he had taken it so badly as to delete his old posts) but is anyone still in touch with him?

Just curious to see how he's doing, plus I promised him a beer way back in the mists of time.
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Re: What Happened to Charlie Hatchett?

Post by Minimalist » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:17 am

I visited Charlie in Texas a couple of years ago and he was collecting artifacts which eroded out of a hillside in a local creek, not too far from the famous Gault site. As such he was not excavating but was relying on stones which had obvious flake marks, IIRC his standard was six flake marks present and even with that he had an entire dining room table full of such artifacts. We were standing in the creek on top of rocks which were being weathered by the water and those were rounded with no sharp edges and looked completely different from the worked stones that Charlie was gathering.

He was relying on calcium carbonate coatings forming in the flaked channels to determine dating and I have no idea whatever happened with that. I have not heard from him in over a year myself.
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Re: What Happened to Charlie Hatchett?

Post by Digit » Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:38 pm

He left after a certain gentleman overstepped the mark with some comments WA.
Greatly missed.

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Re: What Happened to Charlie Hatchett?

Post by War Arrow » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:35 pm

Digit wrote:He left after a certain gentleman overstepped the mark with some comments WA.
Greatly missed.

Roy.
Yes, I recall that exchange. Just a shame that it drove him away seemingly for good. I remember the pictures of what he believed may have been some sort of pit used for smelting metals and I'd love to get to see that thing for real.

Give him our regards if you happen to speak to him again, Min.
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Re: What Happened to Charlie Hatchett?

Post by Minimalist » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:24 pm

Yes, he had two small almost square holes in the limestone which he believed were connected. Some guy with the Texas archaeological division told him that they were pits for watering horses.

You have to realize that the pits were 10 feet from the edge of the creek. Why someone would waste time chipping out such a hole when all the horse had to do was walk another 10 feet to all the water he would want was a source of great amusement to both of us.

I may still have photos I took of them. They were a bizarre feature and there is no way they are "natural."
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Re: What Happened to Charlie Hatchett?

Post by War Arrow » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:00 am

Would love to see those pics again, Min, if there's any chance.
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Re: What Happened to Charlie Hatchett?

Post by circumspice » Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:35 pm

War Arrow wrote:Would love to see those pics again, Min, if there's any chance.
Hey WA,

I found an old reference to those pics you speak of in another forum. The pics are about 2/3 of the way down the page.

Charlie apparently posted quite a bit in the other forum.

BTW, the discussion pertaining to this subject got pretty heated and degenerated into insult and innuendo. :shock: (par for the course in archaeology circles)
Anyway, below is a link to that forum discussion:

http://www.archaeologyfieldwork.com/AFW ... Topic/3189
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Re: What Happened to Charlie Hatchett?

Post by Minimalist » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:49 pm

I'll look around W/A.

It was a while ago.......
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