The Fort Mountain Archaeological Project, Volume 2: Archaeological Investigations at the Fort Mountain Site

Author(s): Scott Kwiatkowski

Year: 2010

Summary

The Fort Mountain Site, AZ T:8:5 (ASM) / AZ T:8:34 (ASU), is a masonry-walled Hohokam compound atop Fort Mountain, a volcanic butte adjacent to Cave Creek in northern Phoenix, Arizona. The site also includes a number of petroglyphs. Excavation results indicate that the compound included three masonry rooms, one possible ramada, two courtyards, two corridors, two extramural areas, and two surface artifact concentrations along with the enclosing masonry wall. Petroglyphs included spirals, quadrupeds, anthropomorphs, circles, concentric circles, and lizards. Ceramics and other artifacts are consistent with the early Classic period, ca. A.D. 1150-1300. . Likley functions for this hilltop site are (1) astronomical observatory, (2) short-term habitation, and (3) ceremonial use.

Cite this Record

The Fort Mountain Archaeological Project, Volume 2: Archaeological Investigations at the Fort Mountain Site. Scott Kwiatkowski. ARS Project Report 2003:042, Volume 2. Tempe, Arizona: Archaeological Research Services, Inc. 2010 ( tDAR id: 380489) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8GQ6XC8

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1150 to 1300

Spatial Coverage

min long: -112.082; min lat: 33.684 ; max long: -112.032; max lat: 33.718 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Principal Investigator(s): Lyle M. Stone

Repository(s): Pueblo Grande Museum

Notes

General Note: This is the second of two volumes in the Fort Mountain Archaeological Project report. Volume 1 contains descriptive and analytical data for five small habitation and agricultural sites near the base of Fort Mountain. Volume 3 is a synthetic ceramic study with implications for the broader Cave Creek area and the northern periphery of the Salt River Valley.

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