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New but Classic: An examination of Hohokam Canal System 1 during the Classic Period

Author(s): Christopher Caseldine

Year: 2017

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Canal System 1, the largest of the four major systems along the lower Salt River, brought water to fields associated with some of the most well-known Hohokam villages, including Mesa Grande, Los Hornos, and Los Muertos. Previously, it was thought that the system reached its maximum extent prior to the Sedentary Period. Recent data and reconstructions of the development of Canal System 1, however, indicate that the system may not have reached its full extent until the Preclassic/Classic transition or the early Classic. If so, the expansion of the system would represent the final major irrigation construction with the lower Salt River Valley. In this paper, I examine Canal System 1 during the Classic. I suggest that sociopolitical changes, which occurred within the system during the late Preclassic and early Classic, led to a fundamental reorganization of the system that may have reverberated throughout the valley.

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New but Classic: An examination of Hohokam Canal System 1 during the Classic Period. Christopher Caseldine. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429534)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 14907

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America