Vanishing River Volume 4: Chapter 14: Prehistoric Settlement and Demography in the Lower Verde Region


In Chapter 14, Ciolek-Torello presents one of the first full syntheses of indigenous settlement and demographic patterns in the Verde Valley, without reference to interaction in the Hohokam core area. He begins with a summary of prehistoric settlement patterns from pre-ceramic periods through the Late Classic period across the entire Transition Zone of central Arizona. He then characterizes settlement systems in the lower Verde Valley through time and describes the archaeological sites and features that comprise these patterns. Next, he derives population estimates for settlement in the area. He compares these estimates to the carrying capacity figures that Van West and Altschul calculate in Chapter 9. Finally, Ciolek-Torello concludes with a discussion of changes in settlement and subsistence systems in the Verde Valley through time. He considers these changes in relation to patterns in surrounding areas of central Arizona.

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Vanishing River Volume 4: Chapter 14: Prehistoric Settlement and Demography in the Lower Verde Region. Richard Ciolek-Torello, Stephanie M. Whittlesey, Richard Ciolek-Torello, Jeffrey Altschul. In Vanishing River: Landscapes and Lives of the Lower Verde Valley: The Lower Verde Archaeological Project: Overview, Synthesis, and Conclusions. Pp. 531-596. Tucson, AZ: Statistical Research, Inc. Press. 1997 ( tDAR id: 5926) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8JM28DB


Archaic Hohokam Mogollon PaleoIndian

Building Materials Ceramic

Site Name
Agate Ruin Agate Site Complex Alder Creek Alder Creek site Antler Ruin Azatlan AZ O:14:51 AZ O:14:67/1054 AZ O:14:98 (ASU)/990 AZ U:2:13/233 (ASU) AZ U:2:19 AZ U:2:19/207 AZ U:2:60 AZ U:6:102 AZ U:6:110 AZ U:6:125 AZ U:6:150 AZ U:6:40 AZ U:6:78 AZ U:6:81 AZ U:6:9 AZ U:6:91 AZ U:6:96 Bartlett Flats site Brazaletes Ruin Cable Crossing Cow Wallow Crash Landing CTC site Damview site Davenport Ruin Diamond Bar Dry Creek Ruin Dry Wash site Duberry Spring Fort McDowell Howard Ruin Ister Flat Ruin Little House Lone Juniper McCoy Mesa Mercer Ruin Middendrum Mullen Mesa Ruin No-see-um site Roadhouse Ruin Scorpion Point Village Sears-Kay Ruin Shaffer Ruin Tangle Flat The Citadel Two Farms site Show More

Site Type
Agricultural Field or Field Feature Agricultural or Herding Ancient Earthwork Archaeological Feature Artifact Scatter Ball Court Burial Pit Canal or Canal Feature Cemetery Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Domestic Structures Encampment Funerary and Burial Structures or Features Hamlet / Village Hearth Midden Mound / Earthwork Non-Domestic Structures Pit Pit House / Earth Lodge Platform Mound Post Hole / Post Mold Resource Extraction / Production / Transportation Structure or Features Rock Alignment Room Block / Compound / Pueblo Settlements Shade Structure / Ramada Sheet Midden Trash Midden Water Control Feature Show More

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: -10000 to 1450

Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.845; min lat: 33.804 ; max long: -111.591; max lat: 34.082 ;

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