Archaeological Data Recovery at the Rohrig Substation, Queen Creek, Arizona

Author(s): T. Kathleen Henderson

Year: 2006


The Southwest Germann site is among the largest of prehistoric Hohokam settlements in the Queen Creek area. The Rohrig Substation property is located at its southwestern edge and overlaps a previously unreported habitation locus. Archaeological testing (Phase 1 data recovery) at the substation documented the presence of adobe-walled rooms, puddling pits, and trash deposits that were probably contained within an adobe-walled compound on the easternmost side of the Rohrig property. Salt River Project decided to restrict substation construction to the western 2 acres of the property to preserve the habitation features. Phase 2 data recovery focused on the 2-acre construction area. Features documented during the Phase 2 effort included a large midden, several small pits, a roasting pit, several crematoria, secondary cremations, and animal burials. Diagnostic ceramics indicated the locus was primarily occupied during the late Soho and early Civano phases of the Classic period (A. D. 1250-1350).

The Rohrig Substation investigations were designed to obtain new information about the types of cultural activities that occurred on the margin of large Hohokam habitation areas in the Queen Creek area. The data recovery research provides new insights about residential activity, subsistence, mortuary practices, and patterns of interaction within the the Southwest Germann site. The results of the project suggest the Classic period inhabitants of the Rohrig Substation locus had strong ties with populations in the middle Gila River Basin and a set of traditions and customs strongly rooted in the past.

Contributions of expertise were provided by Jenny L. Adams, Michael W. Diehl, T. Kathleen Henderson, Gary Huckleberry, Penny Dufoe Minturn, R. Jane Sliva, Arthur W. Vokes, Jennifer A. Waters, and Gregory J. Whitney.

Cite this Record

Archaeological Data Recovery at the Rohrig Substation, Queen Creek, Arizona, 03. T. Kathleen Henderson. Technical Report No. ,2005. Tucson, AZ: Desert Archaeology, Inc. 2006 ( tDAR id: 406070) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8406070

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Accipitridae Adobe Agave Andesite Antelope Jackrabbit Antler Argopecten circularis Atriplex sp. Basalt Black-on-Brownware Black-tailed Jackrabbit Black Volcanic Rock Bone Brownware Buffware Building Materials Canis familiaris Canis sp. Carnegiea gigantea Casa Grande Buffware Casa Grande Red-on-Buffware Ceramic Cerithidea albonodosa Cerithidea sp. Cervidae Show More

Site Name
AZ U:10:2 (ASM) Southwest Germann Site

Site Type
Adobe Compound Adobe Room Adobe Structure Adobe Wall Agricultural or Herding Animal Burial Archaeological Feature Burial Compound Cremation Cremation Burial Crematorium Ditch Dog Burial Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Domestic Structures Fence Fenceline Funerary and Burial Structures or Features Hawk Burial Horse Burial Midden Pit Post Hole Post Hole / Post Mold Show More

Investigation Types
Data Recovery / Excavation

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Geographic Keywords
Arizona (State / Territory) Phoenix Basin Pinal (County) Queen Creek, AZ

Temporal Keywords
1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 20th Century Classic Period Historic Prehistoric

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1913 to 1960 (Dates of historic use of site, indicated by historic documents.)

Calendar Date: 1250 to 1350 (Dates of main use of site, indicated by ceramic analysis.)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.679; min lat: 33.249 ; max long: -111.653; max lat: 33.294 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Salt River Project Cultural Resource Manager

Contributor(s): Jenny L. Adams; Michael W. Diehl; Gary Huckleberry; Penny Dufoe Minturn; R. Jane Sliva; Arthur W. Vokes; Jennifer A. Waters; Gregory J. Whitney; Richard Anduze; Steve Ditschler; Gretchen Gallagher; Jennifer May; April Tutt; Mason Riddle; Stephanie Sherwood; Trish Castalia; Jean Kramer; Sara Lely; Emilee Mead; Donna Doolittle; William Doelle

Field Director(s): Greg Whitney

Lab Director(s): Lisa Eppley

Landowner(s): Salt River Project

Sponsor(s): Salt River Project

Repository(s): Arizona State Museum

Record Identifiers

Desert Archaeology Project No.(s): 04-135

Arizona State Museum Accession No.(s): 2004-1055

Arizona Repatriation Case No.(s): 04-30

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