Clovis to San Pedro: Projectile Points and Land Use in the Southern Colorado Plateau

Author(s): Danielle Soza

Year: 2017


Recent research done by the University of Arizona at Rock Art Ranch, located on the southern Colorado Plateau near Winslow, Arizona, yielded a wealth of information on preceramic land use in an area where prior research had not been conducted. Survey of a six square mile area recovered more than 140 projectile points ranging from Clovis to San Pedro, 50 bifaces, and 88 sites. Multiple canyons crosscutting the ranch carry water that results in a diverse range of flora and attracted animals to the area. Additionally, cobble accumulations in two areas along Chevelon Canyon, where over 3000 preceramic petroglyphs have been carved, provided local populations with ample lithic raw material. This poster looks at these resources to understand their role in explaining extensive use of the study area for over 10,000 years. Samples of raw material from the local quarries will be compared to the materials used in the manufacture of the preceramic projectile points and bifaces to determine local and non-local procurement. This research will add new data to prior studies to provide an understanding of the broader patterns of land use and social interactions of the mobile occupants of this region.

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Clovis to San Pedro: Projectile Points and Land Use in the Southern Colorado Plateau. Danielle Soza. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430002)

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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): 15822