Archaeological Survey of the Mead to Phoenix 500kV Direct Current Transmission Line, Preferred Alternative, Volume I, Final Report

Author(s): Donald R. Keller

Year: 1986


The 243-mile preferred alignment of the proposed Mead to Phoenix ±500kV direct current transmission system was surveyed for archaeological resources by the Museum of Northern Arizona in the spring of 1984. Fifty-eight archaeological sites were identified on the alignment, plus 10 historic routes in areas crossed by the alignment. Seventeen of the sites are historic, dating from the 1860s to World War II. Forty-one prehistoric sites range in age from the late Archaic through the Ceramic period to the period of contact with Anglo-American culture. The ceramic and contact period sites appear to all be affiliated with the upland Pai and riverine Yuman occupation of the region.

Thirty-two archaeological sites are recommended individually for eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion D for their potential to yield significant historic or prehistoric information. Of the 32, 4 historic or contact period sites are also recommended for eligibility under Criterion A because of association with significant events or patterns in regional history.

The 58 archaeological sites have been described and examined with respect to probable function as well as age and cultural affiliation. In addition, the sites have been grouped, by drainage area and by type, into sets to facilitate discussion and subsequent study.

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Archaeological Survey of the Mead to Phoenix 500kV Direct Current Transmission Line, Preferred Alternative, Volume I, Final Report, 90. Donald R. Keller. 1986 ( tDAR id: 406702) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8406702

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min long: -114.719; min lat: 33.45 ; max long: -112.039; max lat: 36.031 ;

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Contact(s): Salt River Project Cultural Resource Manager

Contributor(s): Deborah P. Dash; Sara Stebbins; Jeanne Swarthout; Donald E. Weaver, Jr.

Project Director(s): Garlyn Bergdale

Repository(s): Salt River Project

Prepared By(s): Wirth Environmental Services; Museum of Northern Arizona, Department of Anthropology

Submitted To(s): Salt River Project

Record Identifiers

Phoenix District of the Bureau of Land Management Permit No.(s): PDO-83-11

Department of the Interior Permit No.(s): 83-NV-132

State of Arizona Permit No.(s): 84-14

Salt River Project Library Call No.(s): E78.M34K351986v.1

Department of Interior Permit No.(s): 83-AZ-130

Salt River Project Library Barcode No.(s): 00090893

State of Nevada Permit No.(s): 260

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