Dolores Archaeological Program: Field Investigations and Analysis, 1978
Breternitz, David A.
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This report presents the results of the Dolores Archaeological Program’s initial (1978) field season. The Dolores Archaeological Program is funded by the Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Dolores Project Cultural Resources Mitigation Program, which is responsible for the mitigation of impacts to the cultural resources to be affected by the construction of a multipurpose water storage and distribution system on the Dolores River in Montezuma County, southwestern Colorado. The chapters in this report summarize the field work accomplished in 1978; present the program research design; outline the systems of terminology adapted and developed to describe spatial, temporal, and social units that occurred archaeologically in the area under study; and provide results obtained. Detailed descriptions of excavations at Sheep Skull Camp (Site 5MT2202), Sagehill Hamlet (Site 5MT2198), and Little House (Site 5MT2191) are also included. The time periods represented at these three sites range from Archaic through Basketmaker III, Pueblo I and Pueblo II. In addition, fieldwork and results of the magnetometer survey are presented. The report concludes with a chapter describing the methods and results of an archaeoastronomical reconnaissance.