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Pueblo I/Pueblo II subsistence strategy in Klethla Valley: a view from a resource processing/storage site along Begashibito Wash

Author(s): Deil Lundin ; Mark Brodbeck

Year: 2015

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Summary

The Arizona Department of Transportation conducted a highway widening project on US 160 between Cow Springs and Tonalea which required archaeological excavations at site AZ-J-33-35 (NN) as mitigation. The site is along Begashibito Wash in the western reaches of the Klethla Valley in northern Arizona. The excavations at AZ-J-33-35 (NN) uncovered an architecturally unique resource processing/storage site where locally available plants and corn were harvested, processed, and stored. Evidence for use of the site ranges from the late Basketmaker III through Pueblo III periods; however, radiocarbon dates and diagnostic ceramics indicate the primary occupation and most intensive use of the site took place intermittently during the Pueblo I and Pueblo II periods, ca. A.D. 800 to 1150. While maize was represented at the site, primary reliance on native resources was indicated by several lines of evidence. This exhibit presents the results of the excavations with emphasis on the site's function within the settlement-subsistence networks of prehistoric Klethla Valley.

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Pueblo I/Pueblo II subsistence strategy in Klethla Valley: a view from a resource processing/storage site along Begashibito Wash. Mark Brodbeck, Deil Lundin. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398124)


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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