Archeological Observations North of the Rio Colorado

Archeological Observations North of the Rio Colorado


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Archeological Observations North of the Rio Colorado was originally published in 1926 as part of the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 82. It contains the report of six seasons of fieldwork for the bureau undertaken by Neil M. Judd between 1915 and 1920 in western Utah and northwestern Arizona.

The original investigation set out to examine Pueblo-like sites near Beaver, Utah. This led to a much larger project, as there were many more archaeological sites than expected and these were recognized as having a cultural affinity with other prehistoric Puebloan sites. During these six years, Judd's team covered a region from the Grand Canyon to the north shore of the Great Salt Lake, east to the Green River, and west into the deserts of Nevada.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607810223
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Publication date: 10/31/2010
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Neil M. Judd (1887-1976) was a pioneer of southwestern archaeology. He participated in 24 investigations and served 39 years at the United States National Museum, a unit of the Smithsonian Institution. He was the principle investigator during the excavations of Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon.

Richard Talbot is director of the Office of Public Archaeology at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword Richard K. Talbot xiii

Introduction 1

I Field work, season of 1915 4

Mounds near Willard 4

Mounds north of Willard 10

Mounds west of Great Salt Lake 11

Mounds near Ogden 13

Mounds in Salt Lake Valley 14

Mounds in Utah Valley 18

Mounds near Beaver 21

Additional observations near Beaver 35

Mounds in Parowan Valley 36

Archeological sites in Cedar Valley 39

Archeological sites near St. George 40

Archeological sites east of St. George 43

Archeological sites near Kanab 45

Cottonwood Canyon 51

II Field work, season of 1916 54

Observations at Paragonah 54

Explorations in Millard County 59

Additional archeological sites 64

III Field work, season of 1917 69

Review of archeological observations at Paragonah 69

Use of adobe elsewhere 72

IV Field work, season of 1918 76

Observations in House Rock Valley 76

Ruins near Saddle Mountain 82

Ruins on Walhalla Plateau 84

V Field work, season of 1919 90

Observations in Cottonwood Canyon 90

VI Field work, season of 1920 124

Observations west of Kanab Creek 124

Prehistoric ruins on Paria Plateau 129

The ruins of Bed Rock Canyon 133

Observations in Bright Angel Creek 137

Archeological remains west of Kaibab Plateau 141

VII Cultural material 143

Pottery 143

Bone implements 145

Stone implements 145

Wooden artifacts 147

Textiles 148

Vegetal food 149

Skeletal remains 150

Conclusion 152

Appendix I Locality and catalogue number of objects illustrated 153

Appendix II Average dimensions of rooms excavated 155

Bibliography 159

Index 165

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