Roads, Canals, and Agricultural Fields: Widespread Landscape Development Across Chapin Mesa, Mesa Verde National Park
Constructed roads affiliated with Ancestral Pueblo great house architecture are well documented in the cultural landscape of Chaco Canyon and elsewhere across the Colorado Plateau, but the potential for such features has received little attention on the Mesa Verde cuesta. This project examines the archaeological background and provides new insight into one such feature in Mesa Verde National Park. This feature, variously interpreted as a trail, road, and a canal, has been enshrouded in controversy since first recognized by Dr. J.W. Fewkes during his investigations in the Far View area during the early decades of the 20th century. Project investigations are expected to document widespread landscape development across northern Chapin Mesa.
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Roads, Canals, and Agricultural Fields: Widespread Landscape Development Across Chapin Mesa, Mesa Verde National Park. Gay Ives, Sheldon Baker, Christine McAllister, Tim Hovezak. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444935)
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Abstract Id(s): 21532