Dolores Archaeological Program Technical Reports, DAP-024: Prehistoric Archaeology of the Sagehen Flats Locality

Author(s): David H. Greenwald

Year: 1982


The Sagehen Flats Locality is 1 of 16 localities contained within the Escalante Sector. It is located in southwest Colorado approximately 6 km northwest of Dolores, Colorado. The Sagehen Flats Locality differs from surrounding localities in that it is an area of gentle slopes and small knolls. Its drainages feed the Sagehen Marsh, which eventually drains into the Dolores River to the east. The first prehistoric use of this area has been dated to the Archaic Tradition (5000 B.C.-A .D. 500) Occupation by the Anasazi began during late Basketmaker III times and continued into Pueblo II times (A.D. 600-975). Limited use of the locality by the Anasazi occurred for only a short time during late Pueblo II-early Pueblo III times (A.D. 1050-1200). After this time the locality was used by populations of the Shoshonean-Athabascan Tradition (A.D. 1500-1900) also in a limited manner. Historic Euro-American utilization began in the late 1800s.

This report presents an overview of D.A.P. research conducted to date in Sagehen Flats Locality. A discussion of the environment, focusing on those aspects pertinent to archaeological concerns, is followed by a brief description of past survey efforts in the locality. The various strategies employed by the D.A.P. in mitigating selected sites located in dam impact areas are also discussed. Data recovered from Sagehen Flats Locality sites during the 1978 and 1979 field seasons are then placed within the broad perspective of the D.A.P. temporal scheme, followed by a presentation of the spatial distribution of these sites based on various statistical analyses. A discussion of the material cultural elements, with an emphasis on architecture, serves as a rationale for the proposed temporal scheme. Finally, directions for future research in Sagehen Flats Locality are suggested, based on the requirements of dam impact mitigation and archaeological research.

Originally the information in this record was migrated into tDAR from the National Archaeological Database Reports Module (NADB-R) and updated. In 2015, as part of its effort to improve tDAR content, the Center for Digital Antiquity uploaded a copy of the document and further improved the record metadata.

Cite this Record

Dolores Archaeological Program Technical Reports, DAP-024: Prehistoric Archaeology of the Sagehen Flats Locality. David H. Greenwald. Dolores Archaeological Program Technical Reports. Salt Lake City, Utah: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region. 1982 ( tDAR id: 134315) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8057JKK

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections



Anasazi Tradition Archaic Archaic Sites Beaver Point Phase Dolores Great Cut Phase McPhee Phase PaleoIndian Sagehen Phase Sundial Phase

Ceramic Chipped Stone

Site Name
5MT2162 5MT2192 5MT2193 5MT2194 5MT2195 5MT2198 5MT2199 5MT2200 5MT2201 5MT2202 5MT2203 5MT2205 5MT2220 5MT2222 5MT2224 5MT2225 5MT2228 5MT2235 5MT2236 5MT2239 5MT2242 5MT2243 5MT2246 5MT2668 5MT2671 5MT2843 5MT2844 5MT2846 5MT2848 5MT2850 5MT2853 5MT2854 5MT2855 5MT2856 5MT2857 5MT2858 5MT2861 5MT2862 5MT2866 5MT2867 5MT4512 5MT4513 5MT4514 5MT4524 5MT4525 5MT4542 5MT4543 5MT4545 5MT4546 5MT4547 5MT4560 5MT4561 5MT4562 5MT4563 5MT4564 5MT4614 5MT4626 5MT4627 5MT4629 5MT4630 5MT4631 5MT4632 5MT4633 5MT4634 5MT4637 5MT4638 5MT4639 5MT4640 5MT4641 5MT4642 5MT4644 5MT4645 5MT4646 5MT4649 5MT4652 5MT4657 5MT4659 5MT4660 5MT4662 5MT4664 5MT4668 5MT4669 5MT4672 5MT4675 5MT4676 5MT4678 5MT4681 5MT4682 5MT4687 5MT4688 5MT4689 5MT4690 5MT4713 5MT4743 5MT4763 5MT4773 5MT5057 5MT5058 5MT5059 5MT5060 5MT5066 5MT5110 5MT5112 5MT5113 5MT5115 5MT5116 5MT5117 5MT5126 5MT5127 5MT5128 5MT5130 5MT5131 5MT5132 5MT5133 5MT5136 5MT5137 5MT5138 5MT5169 5MT5170 5MT5172 5MT5176 5MT5177 5MT5181 Show More

Site Type
Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Resource Extraction / Production / Transportation Structure or Features

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: -7000 to 1900

Spatial Coverage

min long: -108.6; min lat: 37.462 ; max long: -108.489; max lat: 37.597 ;

Record Identifiers

NADB document id number(s): 920611; 2202946; 602012; 5311992

Bureau of Reclamation Contract No. (s): 8-07-40-S0562

NADB citation id number(s): 000000119417; 000000179858; 000000167050; 000000092434


General Note: Originally this record was automatically added to tDAR from NADB. In 2015, a copy of the document was added and the record metadata was updated. Additional entries (tDAR id: 20568, 77007, 29885) for this report were marked as "duplicate".

General Note: As of January 2015, this and additional reports are hosted on the US Bureau of Land Management, Dolores Archaeological Program website;

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