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Settlement Dynamics in the Margins of Hohokam Villages in Canal System 2: Recent Investigations at La Ciudad

Author(s): Christopher Garraty

Year: 2015

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Recent excavations at La Ciudad highlight settlement and socioeconomic changes along the margins of the larger village during the Pre-Classic period, especially the Pioneer-Colonial period transition. High-resolution chronological evidence was obtained based on a combination of radiocarbon, archaeomagnetic, and luminescence assays, including an unprecedented 34 optically and thermally stimulated luminescence assays from ceramic sherds. In addition, 36 archaeomagnetic assays from an early investigation in a more densely occupied area of La Ciudad were reexamined using the current archaeomagnetic curve for the U.S Southwest. This chronological information provides a refined diachronic perspective from which to evaluate and compare patterns of village development and growth in central and peripheral residential areas of the village. The settlement trends observed at La Ciudad are compared with settlement evidence from other Hohokam sites along Canal System 2 to infer broader patterns of Hohokam village development and growth.

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Settlement Dynamics in the Margins of Hohokam Villages in Canal System 2: Recent Investigations at La Ciudad. Christopher Garraty. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396101)


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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America