|Crow Canyon Archeology Research Program participants. (Photo: Jason M. Vaughn)|
The 2016 field season was busy for researchers and program participants at Crow Canyon, and now the results of all that digging, screening, measuring, and cataloging can be found online.
The Basketmaker Communities Project Annual Report for the 2016 Field Season (PDF) is now available on the Crow Canyon website. It details last year’s dig activities at several sites in the Indian Camp Ranch subdivision, including the types and locations of structures that were unearthed, the techniques used in analysis, and the breakdown of artifacts found at each site.
The report also breaks down the number of students and program participants who helped our researchers excavate the sites—including 170 schoolchildren, 71 National Endowment for the Humanities teachers, 59 middle and high school camp and field school students, 20 College Field School participants, 65 Archaeology Research Program participants, and 57 Earthwatch Institute volunteers.
In 2016, Crow Canyon researchers, students, and program participants excavated at six different sites at Indian Camp Ranch, with remote sensing or soil probing without excavation at several other sites across the subdivision. The data collected at all of these sites is still being analyzed, but the research at the site is already yielding tantalizing clues about the nature of community formation and change through time, the identities of the first farmers in the central Mesa Verde region, the ways in which growing Pueblo populations impacted environmental resources through time, and resource sustainability.
But none of these discoveries would be possible without the time, help, and generous support of Crow Canyon's program participants, students, volunteers, and donors. And the 2017 field season promises to be even more exciting, with the opening of the Northern Chaco Outliers Project at the Haynie site just outside of Cortez. Archaeologists believe the Haynie site was occupied more or less continuously from the Basketmaker III period (A.D. 500–750) to the mid-13th century, and the site promises to reveal even more clues about the lives of ancestral Pueblo people in the Mesa Verde region.
Click here for more information on how you can get involved with this exciting new project!