Location: Arizona, United States
Elden Pueblo is a 65 room pueblo with trash mounds, smaller pueblos, kiva, a large community room, and numerous pit houses that both pre-date and are contemporaneous with the main pueblo. It is the type site for the Elden Phase of the Northern Sinagua tradition (A.D. 1150-1250), although earlier components are also present. While much of the site was excavated in 1926 by Jesse Walter Fewkes and John P. Harrington of the Smithsonian Institution, new excavations are being undertaken to confirm data, collect new information, and stabilize the pueblo as a public archaeology project. Recent excavations have revealed much about the construction sequence of the site, late Sinagua social organization, subsistence, and the role as a major trade center for the area. Possible evidence for a long-term eruptive sequence for Sunset Crater Volcano is being found to examine new geological and archaeological interpretations for the region. AAS Laboratory Techniques certification is available through participation in the field school held July 19-23 and July 26-30, 2010. AAS Stabilization & Reconstruction course to be held consecutive weekends in August 8/13, 14, and 15 and 8/21 and 22, 2010. AAS Rock Art Recording course in San Francisco Wash to be held August 2-6, 2010.
Period(s) of Occupation: A.D. 1150-1275
Room and Board Arrangements
Primitive camping available on-site. Local rooms for $50-$100. Travel to Arizona and meals not included. Visitor information provided.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none
Kelly, Roger E., Elden Pueblo: An Archaeological Account, Plateau, 42(3): 79-91, 1970
Hohmann, John W., Sinagua Social Differentiation: Inferences Based on Prehistoric Mortuary Practices, The Arizona Archaeologist, 17, 1982, Phoenix
Fewkes, Jesse W., Archaeological Field Work in Arizona: Field Season of 1926, Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 78(7): 207-232, 1927,
Pilles, Peter J., Jr., The Sinagua: Ancient People of the Flagstaff Region, Wuptaki and Walnut Canyon: New Perspectives on History, Prehistory and Rock Art, 1987, Santa Fe
Phagan, Carl J., and Peter J. Pilles, Jr., Public Participation at Elden Pueblo, Fighting Indiana Jones in Arizona, edited by A.E. Rogge, , 1988,