Archaeological Data Recovery Project at the West Branch Site, AZ AA:16:3 (ASM)

Author(s): Allen Dart; Deborah L. Swartz

Year: 2019


The excavations at the West Branch site, AZ AA:16:3 (ASM), were conducted for the City of Tucson Water Department prior to the replacement of a water line. Twenty-two archaeological features were recorded in the narrow right-of-way. All were excavated or tested except one of the trash deposits recorded in a backhoe trench, and a human secondary cremation that was identified during the excavations and left in place. The other features include remnants of eight pithouses, one possible pithouse, one extramural surface or pithouse floor, seven extramural pits, and three trash deposits. They all date between A.D. 1000 and 1150.

Because of the small size of this project, the goal of the investigations was to supplement the studies that were initiated during the 1986 investigations by the Institute for American Research. Research goals focused on formation processes, subsistence, and intrasite and intersite economic specialization. Ceramic manufacture was evident at the locus in at least one structure. In fact, 92 percent of the ceramics recovered from the locus were manufactured somewhere in the West Branch community. Although there is evidence that the occupants of the West Branch site produced and distributed ceramics, little is known of what was received in exchange for the ceramics.

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Archaeological Data Recovery Project at the West Branch Site, AZ AA:16:3 (ASM), 8. Allen Dart, Deborah L. Swartz. 2019 ( tDAR id: 448586) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8448586

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.123; min lat: 32.088 ; max long: -110.824; max lat: 32.322 ;

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Contact(s): Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Contributor(s): William L. Deaver; Lisa G. Eppley; Suzanne K. Fish; James Heidke; Charles Miksicek; J. Homer Thiel; Kevin D. Wellman; Arthur W. Yokes

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Submitted To(s): City of Tucson

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