The Bartlett Dam Project: Archaeological Test Excavations at Fourteen Sites in the Lower Verde Valley, Maricopa County, Arizona


This report documents the results of a testing program completed by SWCA, Inc. Environmental Consultants in August of 1990 in anticipation of the modification of Bartlett Dam. Modifications to the dam were planned as part of the Central Arizona Project's Regulatory Storage Division (Plan 6) and the Safety of Dams Project.

During the month of April, 1990, archaeologists from Northland Research, Inc. conducted an archaeological survey of approximately 929 acres located on the Lower Verde River in the Tonto National Forest, immediately south and west of Bartlett Dam. In consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer, the Bureau of Reclamation determined that 14 of the 17 sites identified required archaeological testing to determine eligibility for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

At the request of the Bureau of Reclamation, SWCA conducted an archaeological testing program at these sites from August 8-September 8, 1990. The purpose of this testing program was to determine the presence or absence of significant subsurface deposits as they relate to the National Register criteria. This report documents the nature and results of the archaeological testing conducted at these 14 sites, one of which includes two distinct loci.

The testing program conducted at the 14 sites has determined that eight of them--AZ U:2:106/ 01-316, AZ U:2:107 / 01-318, AZ U:2:108/ 01-702, AZ U:2:95/ 01-1134, AZ U:2:98/ 01-1136, AZ U:2:101 / 01 - 1156, AZ U:2:102/ 01 1140, and AZ U:2:103/ 01-1141--contain significant subsurface cultural deposits that make them eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. These eight sites will require additional data-recovery studies to adequately document the remains, if the sites are to be impacted.

Six sites--AZ U:2:142/ 01-317, Loci 39 and 40, AZ U:2:99/ 01-1137, AZ U:2: 100/ 01-1138, AZ U:2:104/ 01-1142, AZ U:2:96/ 01-1135, and AZ U:2:105 / 01-1143 --were all found to contain no significant subsurface deposits. These sites are not eligible for National Register listing and their information potential is thought to have been exhausted as a result of this testing program. Therefore, SWCA recommends that archaeological clearance be granted for these sites.

Cite this Record

The Bartlett Dam Project: Archaeological Test Excavations at Fourteen Sites in the Lower Verde Valley, Maricopa County, Arizona, 6. Gregory R. Seymour, Mark C. Slaughter, WIlliam L. Deaver, Richard V. N. Ahlstrom. SWCA Archaeological Report ,91. Tucson, AZ: SWCA Inc., Environmental Consultants. 1991 ( tDAR id: 77221) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8GM896N

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Anasazi Ancestral Puebloan Historic Historic Native American Hohokam Mogollon Sinagua Yavapai

Agave Aluminum Andesite Arboreal Legume Argilite Astragalus sp. Basalt Black-on-Whiteware Black Plastic Blue Glass Blue Plastic Bone Brownware Buffware Building Materials Carnegia sp. Ceramic cf. Olneya sp. cf. Prosopis sp. Chalcedony Chert Chipped Stone Cibola Whiteware Coarse-Grained Basalt Cobble Show More

Site Name
01-1134 01-1135 01-1136 01-1137 01-1138 01-1140 01-1141 01-1142 01-1143 01-1156 01-316 01-317 01-318 01-702 ACS-3 AZ U;2:2 (ARS) AZ U:2:1 (ARS) AZ U:2:100(ASM) AZ U:2:101(ASM) AZ U:2:102(ASM) AZ U:2:103(ASM) AZ U:2:104(ASM) AZ U:2:105(ASM) AZ U:2:106(ASM) AZ U:2:107(ASM) Show More

Site Type
Agricultural Field or Field Feature Agricultural or Herding Ancient Structure Archaeological Feature Artifact Scatter Building Cobble Alignment Cobble Foundation Cobble Pile Cobble Structure Cobble Wall Communal / Public Structure Corral Cremation Dam Depression Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Domestic Structures Earthen Dam Encampment Field Field House Foundation Funerary and Burial Structures or Features Gridded Field Show More

Investigation Types
Site Evaluation / Testing

Agave Fiber Aluminum Bottle Cap Lining Anvil Stone Arboreal Legume Charcoal Astragalus Seed Auto Engine Automobile Gasket Backhoe Teeth Barrel Strap Bartlett Lake Project Basalt Core Basalt Mano Basalt Metate Basalt Scraper Basin Metate Battery Biface Bobby Pin Bolt Bone (Deer) Bone (Human) Bone (Jackrabbit) Bone (Large Mammal) Bone (Lepus sp.) Bone (Mammal) Show More

Geographic Keywords
04013 (Fips Code) Arizona (State / Territory) Bartlett Dam Bartlett Reservoir Cave Creek, AZ lower Verde River Lower Verde River Valley Maricopa (County) Tonto National Forest Verde River

Temporal Keywords
Colonial Period Historic Pioneer Period Prehistoric Sedentary Period

Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.665; min lat: 33.8 ; max long: -111.631; max lat: 33.828 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office

Contributor(s): Jennifer Strand; Arthur W. Vokes; Jo Ann Miller; Lee Yazzie Black; Dave Purcell; Eric Chambers; David Doak; Charles Sternberg; Faryl Parson; John C. Davis

Field Director(s): Mark C. Slaughter

Principal Investigator(s): Richard V. N. Ahlstrom

Project Director(s): R. Thomas Euler

Landowner(s): U. S. Forest Service

Prepared By(s): SWCA, Inc., Environmental Consultants

Submitted To(s): Bureau of Reclamation

Record Identifiers

NADB Citation ID No.(s): 000000167965

BOR Contract No.(s): 9-CS-32-00600, Task 10

NADB Document ID No.(s): 2203863


General Note: The copy of this document from which the NADB citation was made is located at the Bureau of Reclamation, Box 25007, Denver CO 80255.

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Contact(s): Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office