Oatman Point Petroglyph and Habitation Site

Mar
18

Aaron Wright of Archaeology Southwest, who has been doing extensive studies, particularly of the rock art, in the Gila Bend area, has offered to lead us on a day tour to the Oatman Point Petroglyph Site and adjacent habitation area. The Oatman Point petroglyphs are of a unique regional style that fuses design attributes of the Hohokam and Patayan traditions. The associated habitation is a small ranchería dating to the Patayan II and/or Early Hohokam Classic Period (AD 1100-1300). Both sites are part of the proposed Great Bend of the Gila National Monument.

The Oatman site is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Tucson. Touring the site requires about a 4.5 round-trip mile walk although the terrain is not terribly difficult. High clearance vehicles are necessary to access the site.

We will plan to carpool from Tucson leaving at 7:00 am and should be back around 6:00 pm. Another option is to meet at 10:00 am at the Sentinel Rd exit off Highway 8. If you want to spend Friday night in Gila Bend you could tour the Painted Rock Site on your own prior to meeting us.

Tour is limited to 20 people. To sign up contact Katherine Cerino.


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