Archaeological Investigations at Los Morteros, AZ AA:12:57 (ASM), Locus 1, in the Northern Tucson Basin

Author(s): Mary Bernard-Shaw

Year: 1989


Evidence for Sedentary Hohokam irrigation of the floodplain below the Los Morteros site introduces the first well-documented canal systems in the Tucson Basin. In addition to the canals, two Late Archaic wells were found in association with a seasonal campsite. The presence of cultigens at the camp indicate that the advent of agriculture on the floodplain well preceded the ceramic period. The dating and development of these features at AZ AA:12:57 [ASM] contribute to the current view of the early expansion of agriculture by prehistoric basin inhabitants. The analysis of the Locus 1 Late Archaic and Hohokam features focuses on the description of these early contexts. The report represents the initial investigation of the Continental Ranch Archaeological Project.

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Archaeological Investigations at Los Morteros, AZ AA:12:57 (ASM), Locus 1, in the Northern Tucson Basin, 8. Mary Bernard-Shaw. 1989 ( tDAR id: 448416) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8448416

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min long: -111.183; min lat: 32.31 ; max long: -111.045; max lat: 32.414 ;

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Contact(s): Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Contributor(s): Suzanne K. Fish; James P. Holmund; Keith L. Katzer; Charles Miksicek

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Submitted To(s): American Continental Corporation

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