Dolores Archaeological Program Technical Reports, DAP-006: Dos Casas Hamlet (Site 5MT2193), In-House Report


Dos Casas Hamlet (5MT2193) is a small Anasazi site-located approximately 8 km northwest of the small town of Dolores, Montezuma County, Colorado. During the summer of 1978. the University of Colorado excavated the site as part of first-year operations associated with the Dolores Cultural Resources Mitigation Program. These investigations resulted in the discovery and recording of two prehistoric pithouses and an associated arc of surface rooms and outdoor use areas to the north. The pithouses are aligned north-south with the ventilator tunnel of the northern structure dug through the northern wall of the southern house. This indicates that two occupations or elements were present, perhaps both using the same group of surface facilities. Dendrochronological analysis suggests that the northern pithouse was constructed in the year AD 769 or shortly thereafter, therefore indicating that the site was probably inhabited during the early Pueblo I period (AD 750 - AD 900). According to the spatial and temporal control systems employed by project personnel, the site is located in the Sagehen Flats Locality, Escalante Sector, Yellowjacket District, and was occupied during the Sagehen Phase (AD 650 - AD 850). The site is classified as a small hamlet or semi permanent to pennanent habitation, and is inferred to have been the abode of a family unit (perhaps six-nine individuals) praticing small-scale agriculture in the local area. This family is postulated to have been one social unit of the West Sagehen Neighborhood, a local dispersed Anasazi community inhabiting the area in the eighth century AD.

Cite this Record

Dolores Archaeological Program Technical Reports, DAP-006: Dos Casas Hamlet (Site 5MT2193), In-House Report. Joel M. Brisbin, Alice Emerson, Sarah Schlanger. Dolores Archaeological Program Technical Reports. Salt Lake City, Utah: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region. 1979 ( tDAR id: 394717) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8JW8HH8


Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 750 to 900

Spatial Coverage

min long: -108.603; min lat: 37.465 ; max long: -108.487; max lat: 37.591 ;

Record Identifiers

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


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