Archaeological Survey and Investigations Along Reach 10, Granite Reef Aqueduct, Central Arizona Project, Maricopa County, Arizona
Under contract with the Bureau of Reclamation, the Office of Cultural Resource Management (OCRM), Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University, completed an archaeological survey of three discontinuous segments of the Granite Reef Aqueduct route within Reach 10, which had been realigned since the initial archaeological surveys (Dittert, Fish and Simonis 1969; Kemrer, Schultz and Dodge 1972). Reach 10 of the Granite Reef Aqueduct extends about 15 miles from New River on the west to the Cave Creek Highway on the east. The three discontinuous areas which are the subjects of this investigation are referred to as the western, central, and eastern segments of the aqueduct route. The western segment is two miles in length; the central segment is about six miles; and the eastern segment is about 3/4 of a mile in length.
Following the survey, OCRM archaeologists conducted archaeological investigations at six sites within Reach 10, Granite Reef Aqueduct to mitigate the adverse effects of disturbance in the project area. The project area is located just west of Skunk Creek and north of the Deem Hills, on the west side of Interstate 17.
This project presents the survey and data recovery reports that describe the results of archaeological work within Reach 10 of the Granite Reef Aqueduct. The investigations identified a pattern of secondary resource zone exploitation in the upland margins surrounding the Salt and Gila River valleys. Researchers defined and described a secondary resource zone as an area which did not support a permanent population, but was utilized intermittently, probably on a seasonal basis, in the exploitation of wild plant and animal food resources by people whose primary subsistence was derived from a different zone.
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Archaeological Survey and Investigations Along Reach 10, Granite Reef Aqueduct, Central Arizona Project, Maricopa County, Arizona. ( tDAR id: 393071) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8Z321B8
min long: -112.202; min lat: 33.68 ; max long: -112.031; max lat: 33.752 ;
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Contact(s): Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office
Principal Investigator(s): Donald E. Weaver, Jr.
Project Director(s): Patricia E. Brown
Sponsor(s): USDI Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office
Submitted To(s): USDI Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office
Bureau of Reclamation Purchase Order No.(s): 6-01-20-02520
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