Cultural Resources Survey of a Portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and a Proposed Alignment for a New Access Road in Yavapai County, Arizona

Author(s): M. Zyniecki; Thomas N. Motsinger

Year: 1991


An archaeological survey of a portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Yavapai County, Arizona, was completed for the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona State Parks by SWCA, Inc., Environmental Consultants, under contract to Entranco Engineers, Inc., in July 1990. The project was undertaken for a proposed new access road to the park and a bridge across the Verde River as well as for proposed improvements within the park.

Sites AZ N:4:18 (ASM) and AZ N:4:31 (ASM) had been formally recorded within the project area prior to the current project. These two sites were evaluated during the survey. In addition, 21 sites and 36 isolated occurrences were formally recorded. The two previously recorded sites are eligible for inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places. All of the remaining 21 sites may be eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, although Sites AZ N:4:39 (ASM) and AZ N:4:44 (ASM) are more likely to be eligible than the others. Only Isolated Occurrence 46 of the total 36 isolated occurrences may be eligible for inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places. Two sites that were recorded during a survey in the past were not relocated during this survey.

Monitoring of the geo-technical testing revealed two subsurface cultural features. One feature was within Site AZ N:4:18 (ASM), a previously recorded site eligible for inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places. The second subsurface feature observed during geo-technical testing was outside the current boundaries for any known site. Glass fragments that may be historic or modern were uncovered in a third area.

The evaluation of all resources in the project area can be accomplished through subsequent testing, such as hand or mechanical testing, mapping, and/or systematic surface collections. In addition to aiding in the formal determination of eligibility for inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places, this may also assist Arizona State Parks in future cultural resource management planning at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. A number of sites were defined as spatially large artifact scatters. The extent of surface artifacts at several of these sites may have resulted from materials being transported by sheet wash or by historic/modern activities such as farming. Testing of sites may provide information on the distribution of subsurface features, resulting in the redefinition of site boundaries into smaller areal units. A primary result of such investigations may assist park managers with more reliable information on site limits when future improvements are planned within the park.

Cite this Record

Cultural Resources Survey of a Portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and a Proposed Alignment for a New Access Road in Yavapai County, Arizona. M. Zyniecki, Thomas N. Motsinger. Flagstaff, AZ: SWCA ,Inc. Environmental Consultants. 1991 ( tDAR id: 399336) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8QZ2CSH

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections


Anglo Euroamerican Historic Historic Native American

Abalone Alabaster Alameda Brownware Apache Ware Aquamarine Glass Awatovi Yellowware Azurite Basalt Bird Black Glass Black Mesa Black-on-Whiteware Black-on-Grayware Black-on-Redware Black-on-Whiteware Brass Brown Glass Brownware Buffware Building Materials Cafeteria Ware Ceramic Chalcedony Chert China Chipped Stone Show More

Site Name
AZ N:4:18 (ASM) AZ N:4:31 (ASM) AZ N:4:32 (ASM) AZ N:4:33 (ASM) AZ N:4:34 (ASM) AZ N:4:35 (ASM) AZ N:4:36 (ASM) AZ N:4:37 (ASM); AZ N:4:38 (ASM) AZ N:4:39 (ASM) AZ N:4:40 (ASM) AZ N:4:41 (ASM) AZ N:4:42 (ASM) AZ N:4:43 (ASM) AZ N:4:44 (ASM) AZ N:4:45 (ASM) AZ N:4:46 (ASM) AZ N:4:47 (ASM) AZ N:4:48 (ASM) AZ N:4:49 (ASM) AZ N:4:50 (ASM) AZ N:4:51 (ASM) AZ N:4:54 (MNA) AZ N:8:21 (ASM) Ireye Site

Site Type
Agricultural Field or Field Feature Agricultural or Herding Archaeological Feature Artifact Scatter Ash Lens Ash Stain Cairn Charcoal Lens Charcoal Stain Check Dam Cobble Structure Concrete Structure Depression Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Domestic Structures Encampment Field House? Funerary and Burial Structures or Features Grinding Stone Homestead Irrigation Ditch Isolated Artifact Isolated Burial Limestone Cairn Limestone Rock Alignment Show More

Investigation Types
Ethnographic Research Ethnohistoric Research Historic Background Research Reconnaissance / Survey

Adult Burial Alabaster Button Automobile Spring Baling Wire Basalt Chopper Basalt Flake Basalt Hammerstone Basalt Mano Basalt Metate Basin Metate Bead Beer Bottle Bottle Bottle Cap Brass Shotgun Shell Brown Crockery Bucket Burned Bone Button Cafeteria Ware Mug Can Can Lid Chalcedony Flake Chert Core Chert Flake Show More

Geographic Keywords
Arizona (State / Territory) Coconino National Forest Cottonwood, AZ Dead Horse Ranch State Park Middle Verde Valley Verde River Yavapai (County)

Temporal Keywords
Ceramic Period Historic Period Prehistoric Protohistoric Verde Valley Phase 2 Verde Valley Phase 3 Verde Valley Phase 4 Verde Valley Phase 5

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1900 to 1920 (Approximate date range of use of AZ N:4:48 (ASM).)

Calendar Date: 1050 to 1399 (Approximate date range of use of AZ N:4:31 (ASM).)

Calendar Date: 800 to 1991 (Dates of use of Dead Horse Ranch State Park Land. 800 is an approximate date of earliest occupation. Use extended to at least the time of writing of the report, 1991.)

Calendar Date: 1850 to 1929 (Date range of historic artifacts found at AZ N:4:39 (ASM).)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -112.028; min lat: 34.731 ; max long: -111.998; max lat: 34.772 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Arizona State Parks

Contributor(s): Thomas Motsinger; Thomas Messerli; David Purcell

Field Director(s): M. Zyniecki

Prepared By(s): SWCA, Inc. Environmental Consultants

Submitted To(s): Entranco Engineers,Inc; Arizona Department of Transportation

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