Space and Settlement Across the Painted Desert: Comparing the Land Use Patterns of Preceramic Groups at Petrified Forest National Park
Although preceramic archaeological sites containing evidence of maize farming were first identified at Petrified Forest National Park (PEFO) in the 1980s, archaeologists have conducted little research on preceramic Basketmaker sites at PEFO. Several radiocarbon dates on maize falling in the first millennium BC from preceramic habitation sites have shifted researchers perspectives on the preceramic occupation Petrified Forest. Recent archaeological survey on Petrified Forest National Park expansion lands identified several preceramic Basketmaker II habitation sites (1000-200 BC). The expansion lands survey also identified several single component Archaic sites. Archaic hunter-gatherers were nomadic people who made seasonal rounds between highly productive territorial ranges therefore; their camps were moved to areas with accessible resources, such as game, plants, and water. Contrastingly, a pre-ceramic village site suggests that the people would exploit nearby resources from a more centralized area. This poster places the preceramic farming villages and Archaic sites identified at PEFO in a regional context and compares them using geographic information systems (GIS) to look at differences in settlement patterns, available resources, and site usage.
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- Recent Archaeological Research in Petrified Forest National Park •
- Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)
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Space and Settlement Across the Painted Desert: Comparing the Land Use Patterns of Preceramic Groups at Petrified Forest National Park. Stephanie Mack, R. Sinensky, William T. Reitze. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397256)
North America - Southwest
min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;