Analysis of Settlement Patterns Near the Big Burro Mountains

Author(s): Taylor Picard; Evan Giomi

Year: 2018


This poster presents the results of an archaeological survey of Pitchfork Ranch, located near the Big Burro Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. The survey was conducted by staff and students of the Archaeology Southwest Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology (UGPA) field school from 2015 to 2017. There is evidence on the ranch of human activity ranging from possible Paleolithic and early Archaic sites up to 20th century sites. Using GIS and geospatial data collected during this survey it is possible to examine the extent of human occupation on the ranch and analyze changes over time in settlement patterns and land use in the region. The Pitchfork Ranch is the location of the Burro Creek Cienaga, and the data from this survey is useful for understanding human use of this rare environment and hydrological resource. Additionally, the survey data could help develop a better understanding of Mimbres-culture sites outside the Mimbres Valley and Upper Gila.

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Analysis of Settlement Patterns Near the Big Burro Mountains. Taylor Picard, Evan Giomi. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444789)

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min long: -124.365; min lat: 25.958 ; max long: -93.428; max lat: 41.902 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 21500