Canals of Pueblo Viejo

Author(s): Jeryll Moreno; Mark Brodbeck

Year: 2021


This is a presentation from the 2021 Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) Fall symposium on "The Archaeology of Canals in the Arizona Desert".

As early as 1887 Hemenway visited the Salt River Valley and placed Pueblo Viejo on the map for the first time. Other antiquarians and early archaeologists proceeded to map and document the network of prehistoric Hohokam canals south of the Salt River, which connected Pueblo Viejo with other Hohokam villages and settlements. We briefly review these early investigations with an emphasis on how they relate to preliminary, and currently speculative, results from the monitoring and data recovery work for the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub Light Rail Project in south-central Phoenix. In some cases the canals within Pueblo Viejo align with early maps, and in other cases they do not. With historical information about the changing landscape since the early 1900s, we look at the relationship of the canals to the site and subsequent settlement of the area, including what we think may be Canal Viejo / Canal 7, as well as other previously unmapped canal segments.

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Canals of Pueblo Viejo. Jeryll Moreno, Mark Brodbeck. Presented at 2021 Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC) Fall symposium, Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, AZ. 2021 ( tDAR id: 468714) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8468714

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