Dolores Archaeological Program Technical Reports, DAP-025: Excavation at Tres Bobos Hamlet, (Site 5Mt4545), a Basketmaker III Habitation

Author(s): Joel M. Brisbin

Year: 1981


Tres Bobos, Site 5MT4545, is a small Basketmaker III habitation in extreme southwestern Colorado, near the present town of Dolores. Excavations discovered one pithouse, 14 noncontiguous surface rooms, and numerous ancillary features. The number and spatial distribution of the surface rooms in two discreet areas around the single pithouse indicate that there were two occupations centered around the pithouse. The differential spatial configuration of these room sets and the well-developed antechamber of the pithouse reflect the transition from late Basketmaker to early Pueblo times, a period associated with a dependency on agriculture. This spatial configuration of rooms, the architectural style, and the ceramics collected at the site indicate Tres Bobos was occupied during an early portion of the Sagehen Phase (A.D. 600-850, according to Dolores Archaeological Program temporal designations).

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.

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Dolores Archaeological Program Technical Reports, DAP-025: Excavation at Tres Bobos Hamlet, (Site 5Mt4545), a Basketmaker III Habitation. Joel M. Brisbin. Dolores Archaeological Program Technical Reports. Salt Lake City, Utah: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region. 1981 ( tDAR id: 134321) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8QJ7KXR

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Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 550 to 750 (Site Habitation Dates)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -108.601; min lat: 37.466 ; max long: -108.486; max lat: 37.599 ;

Record Identifiers

NADB document id number(s): 602013; 5312003; 2202356; 920286

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

NADB citation id number(s): 000000118617; 000000092435; 000000179869; 000000166460


General Note: Those listed as contributors in the individual & institutional roles section are the authors of the accompanying appendices for this report.

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: 90098, 20229, 56882) 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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