It Takes a (Big) Village: Preserving the Legacy of Pueblo Grande


Archaeology can marshal new digital infrastructure not simply to rescue endangered legacy information, but to revive and enhance those data for innovative research approaches. Over the course of two decades, Soil Systems, Inc. (SSI), collected vast amounts of archaeological information and digital data during the company’s work at Pueblo Grande, one of the largest and most centrally-located of the Classic period Hohokam villages in the Salt River Valley. This poster highlights efforts to reawaken SSI’s invaluable archaeological data and physical collections from Pueblo Grande, and collaborations toward synthesizing these resources incredible research potential for Southwestern archaeology. It describes an ongoing initiative that uses the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) to reconstruct and publish aggregated digital data sets for much of SSI’s data recovery projects at Pueblo Grande. In addition, it discusses Pueblo Grande Museum’s endeavors to work with recently donated physical collections from SSI’s projects on privately-owned parcels of the site and to tie those collections to the digital data. Together, these efforts are integrating one of the largest bodies of data available for a single prehistoric settlement in the American Southwest to foster new understandings of Pueblo Grande and Hohokam archaeology.

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It Takes a (Big) Village: Preserving the Legacy of Pueblo Grande. Cory Breternitz, Holly Young, M. Scott Thompson, Rebecca Hill. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396934) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8S75J1Z


Hohokam tDAR

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

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

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