Work continued off and on for the next couple of years, then a letter arrived from Dr. Haynes on Dec.1, 1982, with the news that the Arizona National Science Foundation Regional Accelerator Facility was operating on a developmental basis and the Baucom Site charcoal was important enough to be given serious consideration for dating. On December 29, 1982, Rodney Peck sent Dr. Haynes 9 samples of charcoal along with a preliminary site report on the Baucom Site. Some of the samples were analyzed and found to be stains of magnesium dioxide (MnO2-n H2O) derived from soil forming processes, however, 3 samples were dated and the results received on March 21, 1984.
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The date 11,100 years B.P. is the first radiocarbon date for the Hardaway Side-Notched projectile point and this date places it directly in the middle range of the Clovis Fluted point time frame. If this date is indeed correct, then the earliest of the 3 older types in the Hardaway Tradition must have a date that begins in the "Early Man" time period (12,000 or more years B.P.). It follows also that the younger Palmer Corner-Notched point is in the middle of the Late Paleo-Indian time frame with an age of about 10,000 years B.P.