Vanishing River Volume 1: Part 1, Scorpion Point Village: Chapters 1 - 4

Part of the Lower Verde Archaeological project

Author(s): WIlliam L. Deaver

Editor(s): Richard Ciolek-Torello

Year: 1997


The Scorpion Point site is located on a remnant of a Pleistocene terrace about 37 m above the Verde River. Researchers began the fieldwork expecting to find no more than a dozen pit houses representing a few small pre-Classic period farmsteads scattered along the terrace above the Verde River. Instead, they found the remains of a ball court village with at least 50, and perhaps as many as 300, pit houses.

At the conclusion of fieldwork at Scorpion Point Village, archaeologists with the Lower Verde project had identified 284 features, including 57 pit structures, 5 inhumations, 20 cremations, 2 ball courts, and 199 extramural features. These features represented a settlement that was occupied intermittently from the end of the Pioneer period through the Sedentary period. Many of the surface features represented a later, Classic period reuse of the site area for dry-farming and a still-later, historical-period construction camp.

The pre-Classic period occupation of Scorpion Point is treated in this volume. The Classic period agricultural site is described in Volume 2, Chapter 4. The historical-period component has been treated in Douglas et al. 1994.

Cite this Record

Vanishing River Volume 1: Part 1, Scorpion Point Village: Chapters 1 - 4. WIlliam L. Deaver, Richard Ciolek-Torello. In Vanishing River: Landscapes and Lives of the Lower Verde Valley: The Lower Verde Archaeological Project: Volume 1: Descriptions of Habitation and Nonagricultural Sites. Pp. 1-87. Tucson, AZ: Statistical Research, Inc. Press. 1997 ( tDAR id: 368779) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8XD0ZQF

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min long: -111.845; min lat: 33.804 ; max long: -111.591; max lat: 34.082 ;

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