Recent Investigations of the Los Rayos – Red Willow Chacoan Landscape
This is an abstract from the "The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project: A Multivocal Analysis of the San Juan Basin as a Cultural Landscape" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
The Los Rayos-Red Willow Chacoan landscape, east of Tohatchi, New Mexico, consists of the Los Rayos great kiva and at least seven surrounding small-house sites, the Red Willow Chacoan great house and associated great kiva and at least seven surrounding small-house sites, and a Chacoan road connecting the Los Rayos great kiva and the Red Willow great house. The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply project right-of-way extends through the Los Rayos road, about halfway between the great house and the great kiva. As a result, PaleoWest conducted excavations and a geomorphological study in the affected portion of the road and non-destructive investigations at both the great house and great kiva, including mapping, surface pottery analysis, and drone-based imaging. This paper presents the results of those analyses and investigations, including an expansion and reconfiguration of site maps, a refinement of the chronology of site and landscape components, aerial imaging of the sites and surrounding landscape, and 3D models of standing architecture.
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Recent Investigations of the Los Rayos – Red Willow Chacoan Landscape. James Potter, Dennis Gilpin, Dean Wilson, Mike Mirro. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452304)
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