EMAP Alivas Canyon - LA44997 Unit 1, 1997

Summary

This is a summary of unit 1 in site LA44997, which was excavated during the summer of 1997 as a part of the Eastern Mimbres Archaeological Project (EMAP). The project is co-directed by Dr. Margaret C. Nelson and Dr. Michelle Hegmon, both of Arizona State University. All excavations were conducted by graduate and field school students. Site LA44997 is located in Avilas Canyon, a tributary of the Upper Palomas drainage area. The site is on a gently sloping part of the north side of the canyon. An arroyo is cutting through the site about 50m south of unit 1 and is washing away part of the associated midden. Avilas Canyon Road runs directly through the site and has done quite a bit of damage-we know that it has destroyed at least one room. Unit 1 is the eastern-most room in a roomblock that was most likely comprised of at least 15 rooms. The room adjacent to the west was also excavated this season as Unit 2. Unit 1 is bordered on the south by the road cut, which took out most of the southern wall. From an examination of the surface, there does not appear to be any type of feature or room directly adjacent to the north or east walls. Other rooms in this site continue south

across the road, west past Unit 2, and directly north of Unit 2. Unit 1 was selected for excavation for a number of reasons. The most immediate concern was the impact of the road on the site. The continual use and grading of the road is destroying the site, so excavation was necessary before more damage was done. In addition, a previous survey of the site had identified it as a possible post-classic remodeling of a classic period field house. This fits in well with the research design of EMAP, since one of its goals is to determine how the reorganization of the Post-Classic period occurred.

Cite this Record

EMAP Alivas Canyon - LA44997 Unit 1, 1997. Sarah Paciorek, Sarah Wille, Michael Walker. EMAP Alivas Canyon - Unit Summaries ,1997. 1997 ( tDAR id: 374783) ; doi:10.6067/XCV89G5K6M

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.432; min lat: 32.93 ; max long: -107.356; max lat: 32.981 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Principal Investigator(s): Michelle Hegmon; Margaret C. Nelson

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