The Jackson Flat Reservoir Project: Investigating a Basketmaker-Pueblo I Community in Kanab, Utah

Author(s): Richard Ahlstrom; Heidi Roberts

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Adopting the Pueblo Fettle: The Breadth and Depth of the Basketmaker III Cultural Horizon" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Data recovery for the Jackson Flat Reservoir, Kanab, Utah included the excavation of 60 habitations at six sites. Thirty-eight structures were radiocarbon dated, mostly with samples of maize from hearth and floor contexts, to the Early Agricultural and Basketmaker II through Pueblo I periods. We interpret the sites’ Basketmaker III temporal components through the lens of events and episodes in this longer history, including an intrusion of San Pedro culture farmers around 1300 B.C., construction in late Basketmaker II of an oversized pithouse associated with the beginnings of a (small) multi-household community, that community’s persistence through Basketmaker III, construction of attached-antechamber pithouses in late Basketmaker II–early Basketmaker III, a second, presumed central Pueblo intrusion marked by construction of classic Basketmaker III-style detached-antechamber pithouses in terminal Basketmaker III–early Pueblo I, and the continuing presence of a multi-household community through Pueblo I. We examine these developments in the context of relations and contacts between the bearers of the region’s "Virgin Branch" archaeological culture and those of the Kayenta and other Ancestral Pueblo branches located to the east.

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The Jackson Flat Reservoir Project: Investigating a Basketmaker-Pueblo I Community in Kanab, Utah. Richard Ahlstrom, Heidi Roberts. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451314)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 24238