Woodrats Rule! Climbing and Coring in Southeast Utah Cliff Dwellings

Author(s): William Lipe; RG Matson

Year: 2015


For the past decade Tom Windes and his volunteer band of merry beamsters--the Woodrats-- have been collecting dendrochronological samples from cliff dwellings in the Natural Bridges and Cedar Mesa areas of southeastern Utah. As a result, the number of dated sites has increased dramatically, and it has become clear that in the AD 1200s, building in these canyons declined before the onset of the "great drought" of 1276-1299. The meticulous maps and records made by the Woodrats also enable detailed reconstructions of the individual histories of these sites.

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Woodrats Rule! Climbing and Coring in Southeast Utah Cliff Dwellings. William Lipe, RG Matson. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395285)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;