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 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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