Animas-La Plata Project Volume IX: Ridges Basin Excavations: Archaic, Basketmaker II, and Limited Activity Sites
This volume of the Animas–La Plata series (SWCA Anthropological Research Paper No. 10) describes the results of excavations at one Late Archaic site, three Basketmaker II sites, nineteen Pueblo I limited activity sites, and six undated artifact scatters in Ridges Basin, located approximately 2 miles south of Durango, Colorado. The volume concludes with a summary discussion of chronology, architecture, material culture, population, subsistence, and settlement within both local and regional cultural contexts.
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Aaron O'Brien Activity Area Angular Debris artifact scatter Asteraceae auger tests backhoe trenches Basketmaker II period bedrock Brushy Basin burned adobe ceramic ceramic assemblage ceramic sherds charcoal Chert Circular/Oval clay loam cm deep cultural deposits dates excavation units Exploratory trench faunal bone faunal remains Feature 13 Figure fill fire pit flaked lithics Flaked Stone Artifact flakes and cores floor fragments goosefoot/pigweed ground stone ground stone artifacts ground stone assemblage hammerstone hearth identified included investigated limited activity loam locally available loci Locus maize mano material types metaquartzite metate modern ground surface Number oxidized Passive Reducers percent pit Feature pit room pit structure plain grayware pollen post holes projectile points Pueblo I period Quartzite radiocarbon radiocarbon dates Ridges Basin roasting pit rock sandstone scrapers sherds slab-lined pit slope soil Stratigraphy Stratum Subfeatures subsurface surface collection surface room SWCA SWCA's Table thermal Total Station ture vessel form