Sunset Crater Archaeology: The History of a Volcanic Landscape, Environmental Analyses

Editor(s): Mark D. Elson

Year: 2007


During the U.S. 89 project, 41 prehistoric sites located approximately 30 km (48 miles) north of Flagstaff, Arizona, were investigated. All sites were on Coconino National Forest (CNF) land, specifically the Peaks Ranger District. The project was conducted by Desert Archaeology, Inc., personnel for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) prior to widening and improvement of 26.7 km (16.6 miles) of U.S. 89, between the southern boundary of Wupatki National Monument in the north, and the town of Fernwood in the south. Archaeological fieldwork occurred over two primary field seasons in 1997 and 1998, with a very brief field season in 1999. A total of almost 12 person-years of labor was expended during fieldwork.

The analyses of environmental data recovered during the U.S. 89 project are presented in this volume.

Cite this Record

Sunset Crater Archaeology: The History of a Volcanic Landscape, Environmental Analyses. Mark D. Elson. Anthropological Papers ,33. Tucson, AZ: Center for Desert Archaeology. 2007 ( tDAR id: 428059) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8428059

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Cohonina Kayenta Anasazi Sinagua

Macrobotanical Pollen

Site Name
Ant Hill AZ I:10:10 (ASM) AZ I:10:101 (ASM) AZ I:10:104 (ASM) AZ I:10:105 (ASM) AZ I:10:107 (ASM) AZ I:10:108 (ASM) AZ I:10:109 (ASM) AZ I:10:110 (ASM) AZ I:10:112 (ASM) AZ I:10:113 (ASM) AZ I:10:114 (ASM) AZ I:10:12 (ASM) AZ I:10:120 (ASM) AZ I:10:121 (ASM) AZ I:10:122 (ASM) AZ I:10:13 (ASM) AZ I:10:14 (ASM) AZ I:10:15 (ASM) AZ I:10:16 (ASM) AZ I:10:17 (ASM) AZ I:10:18 (ASM) AZ I:10:19 (ASM) AZ I:10:20 (ASM) AZ I:10:22 (ASM) AZ I:10:38 (ASM) AZ I:10:60 (ASM) AZ I:10:61 (ASM) AZ I:10:62 (ASM) AZ I:10:63 (ASM) AZ I:10:69 (ASM) AZ I:10:71 (ASM) AZ I:10:86 (ASM) AZ I:10:90 (ASM) AZ I:10:91 (ASM) AZ I:10:92 (ASM) AZ I:10:93 (ASM) AZ I:10:94 (ASM) AZ I:10:96 (ASM) AZ I:10:97 (ASM) AZ I:10:99 (ASM) AZ I:6:5 (ASM) AZ I:6:6 (ASM) Bachelor House Basalt Ridge Clay House Corn Rock Deadman's Edge Deadman Flat Dean Divide Elk Full House Homestead Lenox Annex Lenox Park Little Elk NA 1:10:99 NA 18,417 NA 18,621 NA 18,625 NA 18,630 NA 18,680 NA 181 NA 19,007 NA 20,700 NA 21,087 NA 21,089 NA 21,090 NA 21,091 NA 21,092 NA 21,103 NA 21,104 NA 21,131 NA 25,751 NA 25,752 NA 25,753 NA 25,754 NA 25,755 NA 25,756 NA 25,762 NA 25,764 NA 25,766 NA 25,767 NA 25,769 NA 25,770 NA 25,771 NA 25,772 NA 25,773 NA 25,774 NA 25,775 NA 25,776 NA 25,777 NA 25,779 NA 25,780 NA 25,949 NA 420 NA 860 NA I:10:19 North End Plainview Road House Seven Slope Snag Show More

Site Type
Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Domestic Structures

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1050 to 1125 (Sunset Crater eruption period)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.627; min lat: 35.256 ; max long: -111.465; max lat: 35.569 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Salt River Project Cultural Resource Manager

Contributor(s): G. Lennis Berlin; Duane E. Champion; Joseph E. Crouse; Jeffrey S. Dean; Michael W. Diehl; Joshua S. Edwards; Mark D. Elson; Jason A. Hooten; Michael H. Ort; Matthew W. Salzer; Susan J. Smith; Gwendolyn Waring

Lab Director(s): Lisa Eppley

Prepared By(s): Center for Desert Archaeology

Submitted To(s): Arizona Department of Transportation Environmental and Enhancement Group

Record Identifiers

Anthropological Papers(s): 33

TRACS NO. (s): 089 CN 434 H2022 02D

Contract No.(s): 97-41

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