West Mancos Survey and Site Preservation Project, Southwest Colorado


The Ute Mountain Reservation in the Four-corners region of the American Southwest contains some of the most spectacular and numerous prehistoric archaeological sites containing standing architecture in the country. Combining research and preservation efforts at these sites is a priority of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Historic Preservation Office. The West Mancos Project focused on three sites along the Mancos River containing the remnants of circular towers. Preservation and research efforts consisted of site recording and mapping, infield pottery analysis to acquire dates of occupation, GIS analysis, and conducting photogrammetry both from pole-mounted cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The results include a greater understanding of the chronology and function of these sites, 3D models of the standing architecture, and broader contextualization within an extensive cultural landscape.

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West Mancos Survey and Site Preservation Project, Southwest Colorado. Ben Hammer, James M. Potter, Terry Knight, Lynn Hartman. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429046)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14722