Archaeological Research at Pueblo la Plata: Surface Collection and Excavation

Part of the Legacies on the Landscape project

Author(s): Katherine Spielmann; Melissa Kruse-Peeples

Year: 2004


The spring 2004 pilot archaeological research at La Plata Pueblo was designed to begin acquiring data concerning the distribution, contents, and depth of midden deposits at the site. Midden of some depth is necessary for the Legacies project goals in order to obtain sufficient samples of 1) ceramics for an accumulations study and 2) well-preserved faunal and floral remains for comparative analysis with contemporary data on plant and animal distributions. Our data collection strategy involved a combination of surface collection and excavation.

From January to April, 2004, a total of 12 days was spent conducting archaeological surface collections and excavation at the site. Crews varied in size, with usually four to six people involved in excavation at any one time. Finding midden with depth proved more time consuming than we had expected, but we ultimately did locate one area (the northwestern midden) where midden depth exceeded half a meter and where macrobotanical and faunal remains were well-preserved.

Cite this Record

Archaeological Research at Pueblo la Plata: Surface Collection and Excavation. Katherine Spielmann, Melissa Kruse-Peeples. 2004 ( tDAR id: 5921) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8668BD7

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Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1200 to 1450

Spatial Coverage

min long: -112.162; min lat: 34.079 ; max long: -111.907; max lat: 34.296 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contributor(s): Arizona State University, Department of Anthropology

Landowner(s): Bureau of Land Management

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