Archeological Explorations in Northeastern Arizona

Archeological Explorations in Northeastern Arizona

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Archeological Explorations in Northeastern Arizona

Archeological Explorations in Northeastern Arizona

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The present report records the investigations in the Kayenta district of northeastern Arizona, carried on in the summers of 1914 and 1915 by the Peabody Museum of Harvard University, under the authority of permits granted by the Secretary of the Interior. In the first section of the paper the sites are described in the order of their excavation; the second is devoted to a consideration of the specimens recovered; and the third consists of a preliminary discussion of the archeological problems encountered. Although our explorations in the region are still being carried on, it seems best to publish the results of the first two years' work at the present time, in order that they may become available to students as soon as possible.

The opening up of the immensely fertile archeological field of northeastern Arizona is due to the initiative of Prof. Byron Cummings, whose first expedition into the district was made in 1908. Since then he has done a great amount of thorough and painstaking work in the ruins. The Peabody Museum, feeling that the field was essentially his, asked his permission before undertaking their explorations. This was most cordially given. The authors wish, accordingly, to express their most hearty thanks to. Professor Cummings for his generous cooperation.

The liberality of the following friends of the Museum provided a substantial addition to the somewhat scanty funds available for the work: Miss Madeleine Mixter and Messrs. Augustus Hemenway, John E. Thayer, Bayard Thayer, William North Duane, Lawrence Grinnell, Bronson M. Cutting, Charles P. Bowditch, Clarence B. Moore, and J. M. Longyear.

Thanks are due also to Mr. and Mrs. John Wetherill and Mr. Clyde Colville, of Kayenta, at whose trading post the expeditions made their headquarters. Their hospitality has always been unfailing, and we grew to look forward with the greatest pleasure to our periodical returns from camp to their little oasis of civilization. To . . .

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