Location: Arizona, United States
The project is located on the Shivwits Plateau in northwestern Arizona, within the newly established Parashant National Monument. This area is one of hte most poorly understood areas of the Southwest culture region. The environment suggests that this area would have been marginal for farming, yet we know that Anasazi farmers did indeed live here. From research elsewhere we also know that these farmers regularly made pottery to trade with people living to the north. Our field investigations will focus on examining how the Virgin Anasazi managed to make a living in this marginal environment, and what role pottery production and trade may have played in their adaptation. Field research will focus on excavations at two late Pueblo II/early Pueblo III habitation sites. We will stay approximately 65 miles south of St. George, Utah, and 1.5 miles from teh north rim of the Grand Canyon, at a base camp provided by the National Park Service.
Period(s) of Occupation: Virgin Branch Puebloan Culture (A.D. 1100-1200)
Room and Board Arrangements
A cabin, equipped with water and electricity, will be available to support the field school, though students will stay in tents. Students are expected to provide their own tents and bedding. The cost of food, which will be prepared daily by a camp cook, is covered by the $750 field school fee.