The Roosevelt Community Development Study, Number 14, Volume 3: Paleobiological and Osteological Analyses

Part of the Roosevelt Community Development Study-Center for Desert Archaeology (DRAFT) project

Editor(s): Mark D. Elson; Jeffrey J. Clark

Year: 1995


The Roosevelt Community Development Study (RCD) involved the testing and excavation of 27 sites in the Lower Tonto Basin of central Arizona. This is one of three related data recovery projects undertaken in the Tonto Basin for the Bureau of Reclamation prior to the raising of the Roosevelt Lake dam. The results of the RCD project are presented in four Anthropological Papers of the Center for Desert Archaeology: Anthropological Papers No. 12 is the research design; Anthropological Papers No. 13 (two volumes) contains background information and the site descriptions; Anthropological Papers No. 14 (three volumes) includes the artifact and environmental analyses; and Anthropological Papers No. 15 presents the synthesis and conclusions.

The project was situated within the Tonto National Forest and covered a four-mile, continuous area along the north bank of the Salt River. Sites within the project area exhibited a great range of functional, temporal, and, possibly, cultural diversity. These included two sites with platform mounds (the Meddler Point and Pyramid Point sites); a 10Q-room masonry pueblo (the Griffin Wash site); smaller masonry compounds (e.g., the Porcupine site); and pithouse hamlets and farmsteads (e.g., the Hedge Apple and Eagle Ridge sites). Temporal components ranged from the Early Ceramic period (A.D. 100-600), at Locus B of the Eagle Ridge site, through the Roosevelt phase (A.D. 1250-1350) of the Classic period. The Early Ceramic component of the Eagle Ridge site is now the earliest documented ceramic period site in the Tonto Basin and provides definitive evidence for an indigenous ceramic-using population. The project area was inhabited most intensively during the Roosevelt phase, when platform mounds, pueblo room blocks, and small masonry compounds were occupied. Architectural and artifact variability suggest the presence of several different cultural groups co-residing in the Tonto Basin at this time, and migration is believed to have been a significant process in Tonto Basin prehistory. The RCD project area was largely abandoned by A.D. 1325, prior to the large-scale aggregation that occurred during the Gila phase; very few Gila Polychrome sherds were recovered from project area sites.

The mandate of the RCD project, as spedfied by the Bureau of Reclamation, was to investigate the temporal and developmental sequence of the prehistoric populations within this area. To meet these goals, six sites were intensively examined through full-scale excavation, and an extensive data set was gathered from the remaining 21 sites.

The three volumes in Anthropological Papers No. 14 contain the artifact and environmental analyses. More than 150,000 artifacts were recovered from the RCD excavations. This volume (Volume 3) presents the paleobotanical and osteological data. Included are analyses of the pollen (Chapter 18), flotation (Chapter 19), faunal (Chapter 20), and mortuary (Chapter 21) assemblages. Data from the subsistence analyses are combined and synthesized in Chapter 22. Volume 1 of Anthropological Papers No. 14 presents the analyses of the chipped stone, ground stone, jewelry and personal ornament, and shell assemblages. The ceramic artifact assemblage is examined in Volume 2 More spedfic information on the individual sites and the project background can be found in Anthropological Papers No. 13. Anthropological Papers No. 15 integrates and synthesizes these data to provide a more inclusive view of the prehistoric occupation of the RCD project area and the Tonto Basin.

Cite this Record

The Roosevelt Community Development Study, Number 14, Volume 3: Paleobiological and Osteological Analyses. Mark D. Elson, Jeffrey J. Clark. Anthropological Papers ,14, Volume 3. Tucson, AZ: Center for Desert Archaeology. 1995 ( tDAR id: 405613) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8R21382


Ancestral Puebloan Hohokam Salado

Abies concolor Abies sp. Acacia Acacia sp. Acacua greggii Accipitrid Accipitridae Agave Agave sp. Agrostis sp. Alder Algal Spore Alnus sp. Amaranth Amaranthus sp. Ammospermophilus harrisii Ammospermophilus sp. Amphibia Amphibian Anacardiaceae Apiaceae Aquatic Snail Ara sp. Arctostaphylos sp. Arizona Poppy Show More

Site Name
AZ V:5:1 (ASM) AZ V:5:100 (ASM) AZ V:5:101 (ASM) AZ V:5:103 (ASM) AZ V:5:104 (ASM) AZ V:5:105 (ASM) AZ V:5:106 (ASM) AZ V:5:107 (ASM) AZ V:5:110 (ASM) AZ V:5:122 (ASM) AZ V:5:123 (ASM) AZ V:5:131 (ASM) AZ V:5:176 (ASM) AZ V:5:177 (ASM) AZ V:5:178 (ASM) AZ V:5:189 (ASM) AZ V:5:4 (ASM) AZ V:5:90 (ASM) AZ V:5:91 (ASM) AZ V:5:92 (ASM) AZ V:5:93 (ASM) AZ V:5:94 (ASM) AZ V:5:95 (ASM) AZ V:5:96 (ASM) AZ V:5:97 (ASM) Show More

Site Type
Adult Cremation Agricultural or Herding Cemetery Compound Cremation Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Domestic Structures Farmstead Funerary and Burial Structures or Features Hamlet Hamlet / Village Infant Cremation Inhumation Masonry Compound Masonry Pueblo Masonry Room Platform Mound Pueblo Resource Extraction / Production / Transportation Structure or Features Room Room Block Room Block / Compound / Pueblo Settlements Subadult Cremation

Investigation Types
Data Recovery / Excavation

Anterior Tooth (Human) Anterior Tooth Root (Human) Antler Flaker Auditory Meatus (Human) Awl Axis (Human) Bean Bone (Animal) Bone (Human) Bone Awl Bone Gaming Piece Bone Hairpin Bone Needle Bone Rasp Bone Ring Bone Tube Bone Whistle Bowl Branch Branch (Mesquite) Branch (Prosopis velutina) Bud (Cholla) Bud (Opuntia sp.) Canine (Human) Carpal (Human) Show More

Geographic Keywords
Arizona (State / Territory) Lower Tonto Basin Roosevelt Lake Salt River Tonto Basin Tonto National Forest

Temporal Keywords
Ash Creek Phase Classic Period Colonial Period Early Ceramic Early Classic Period Gila Butte Phase Miami Phase Prehistoric Roosevelt Phase Sacaton Phase Santa Cruz Phase Sedentary Period

Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.015; min lat: 33.625 ; max long: -110.949; max lat: 33.673 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Gerald Dawavendewa; Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office

Contributor(s): Suzanne K. Fish; Dana Hartman; Steven R. James; Charles H. Miksicek; Penny Dufoe Mintum; Deborah L. Swartz; Tom Lincoln; Teresa Hoffman; Kathy Pedrick; Jon Czaplicki; Scott Wood; Ben Nelson; Bill Doelle; Dave Gregory; James Heidke; Miriam Stark; Henry Wallace; Jeff Shipman; Helga Teiwes; Ron Beckwith; Jim Holmlund; Trish Castalia; Chip Colwell; Dylan Cooper; Lisa Eppley; Jean Kramer; Sara Lely; Debbie Swartz; Chip Warren; Michael Wiley; Donna Breckenridge; Elizabeth Black; Jerry Fallenberg; Catherine Gilman; Irina Hayes; Kathleen Maher; Linda Pearl

Landowner(s): U. S Forest Service

Sponsor(s): U. S. Bureau of Reclamation

Permitting Agency(s): Tonto National Forest

Repository(s): Center for Archaeology and Society, Arizona State University, Tempe

Submitted To(s): Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona Projects Office

Record Identifiers

Contract No.(s): 1-CS-32-01220


Redaction Note: In the public version of the report: Figure P.2 has been redacted due to the level of detail it contains about site locations. Detailed site features in Figure P.4 have been retained, but geographical information has been redacted.

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