Early Pueblo Ruins in the Piedra District, Southwestern Colorado

Early Pueblo Ruins in the Piedra District, Southwestern Colorado

Early Pueblo Ruins in the Piedra District, Southwestern Colorado

Early Pueblo Ruins in the Piedra District, Southwestern Colorado

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The archeological field work which furnished the data for the following report was conducted in southwestern Colorado during the months of June, July, and August, 1928. The various village sites and burial mounds investigated were located on private land and the writer wishes to express his gratitude for the kindness shown him by Mr. Joe Melrose, of Arboles, Colo., in obtaining permission for excavations on the property of his brother, Mr. Jim Melrose; and to Max Watts, Roy Watts, George Watts, and Ultima Baker, Ute Indians, who sanctioned, with the approval of Supt. W. F. Dickens, of the Ignacio Agency, work in the ruins lying on the quarter sections which had been allotted to them. Opportunity is also taken to thank Mr. W. E. Clark, of Arboles, for many courtesies extended during the summer and for his helpful assistance in obtaining equipment and laborers during the progress of the work.

While the broad outlines of the story of the development of sedentary cultures in the Southwest are well known to the student and specialist in the field, the general reader and layman are not so well acquainted with them. For this reason it has been deemed advisable to include in the introduction which follows a brief summary and review of the history of the area as it has been retrieved through archeological investigations. The present classification of peoples and cultural horizons is so recent an archeological development that the writer feels a repetition of them necessary to a proper understanding of the background into which the villages discussed in this report must be fitted.

The territory comprising the North American archeological field of the Southwest is encompassed in the present-day political boundaries of the States of Arizona, New Mexico, southwestern Colorado, almost all of Utah, eastern Nevada, the extreme western part of . . .

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