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Perry Mesa Archaeological Sites

January 13

A field trip to visit archaeological sites in the Perry Mesa area is being planned for Saturday, January 13, 2018. The trip will be led by Scott Wood, retired archaeologist for the Tonto National Forest. The Perry Mesa region is located in the mountainous Transition Zone of Central Arizona. There you will find lava-capped mesas and steep-walled canyons. The Agua Fria River is the major water source in the region, although there are many secondary sources. Archaeological site types in this region have been identified as relating to the Perry Mesa Tradition (A.D. 1200-1450), and include petroglyphs, six major settlements of 100+ rooms, many small temporary residential (field house) sites, resource procurement areas and agricultural fields. The people who came here to live came from elsewhere, lived in the region for a time, and then moved on. Their point of origin is unknown, as is their post-abandonment destination. Also present, but on a smaller scale, is evidence of Pre-Classic sites, Protohistoric/Early Historical period Yavapai sites, and Historical period sites.

As details are forthcoming they will be added to this page. If you are interested in this trip, please contact Chris Lange.



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