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Developing New Interpretations from Old Data at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona

Author(s): Matthew Guebard

Year: 2015

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This paper addresses recent archaeological work at the Castle A site (AZ 0:5:95 [ASM]), located within the Montezuma Castle National Monument boundary in Camp Verde, Arizona.Initially excavated and stabilized in 1934 by National Park Service archaeologists Martin Jackson and Sallie Pierce, the project is a historically significant event in the development of Verde Valley archaeology.Based on Jackson and Pierce’s interpretation of stratigraphic evidence, they believed a catastrophic fire destroyed the site long after abandonment, an interpretation that has persisted for over 80 years. A recent reanalysis of ceramic data coupled with archaeomagnetic dating strongly suggests this initial interpretation is incorrect. Instead, evidence points to a large and intentional fire resulting in the abandonment of the site during the last quarter of the fourteenth century.

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Developing New Interpretations from Old Data at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona. Matthew Guebard. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396365)


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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