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Interpreting the Lambing Pens
The Dates: The 12 dated samples from the lambing pens indicate initial use in the early 1900s, probably at the same time Room 3 was constructed. They also indicate use of the pens in the 1920s, with the latest date at 1928vv. Interestingly, none of the dates fall in the 1910s.
The Wood Species:
The species used in the lambing pens include Douglas-fir (n=7), pinyon (n=4),
Juniper (n=1), and ponderosa (n=1); only the juniper sample did not date. The paucity of juniper suggests it was avoided in the pens, but the reason remains unknown.