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Archaeology Society meeting to discuss Little Colorado River Valley


CAVE CREEK – On Oct. 11, the Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter will host speak Charles Adams. Adams will present ‘From Rock Art Ranch to Homol’ovi: 13,000 Years of Migration in the Middle Little Colorado River Valley’.

Six years of research on Rock Art Ranch near Winslow by Arizona State Museum archaeologists have documented human use going back to Clovis times. The ranch was also a focus of intensive hunting, gathering, and small-scale agriculture during the Basketmaker II (early agriculture) period from 1000 BCE to 500 CE. During the 1200s, Mogollon groups from the south built numerous small pueblos throughout the region and later joined Pueblo groups from the north to build and occupy the large Homol’ovi pueblos along the Little Colorado River. Evidence of this lengthy use is etched in the walls of Chevelon Canyon. This talk traces this fascinating history of population movement that truly made the area a cultural crossroads.

Since 1985, E. Charles (Chuck) Adams has been Curator of Archaeology, Arizona State Museum (ASM) and Professor, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson. Since arriving at the UA, he has directed the Homol’ovi Research Program (HRP) for ASM, which involved extensive survey and excavation of numerous Homol’ovi pueblos in Homolovi State Park. Since 2011, HRP has conducted survey and excavations on and near Rock Art Ranch 25 miles southeast of Winslow with work wrapping up there this past summer.

This Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting is open to the public. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at the community building at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, located at 6502 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek. See more information at