Native American Cultures HomeScholastic Explorers

Skagit River field sites
Canyon Rock field sites
Native American Cultures HomeEarthwatch
Prehistoric Pueblos: Field Sites
Some work has already been done in this area. Last year, Laumbach and O'Toole began excavations on two of the sites.

They found many different types of pottery, examples of varied building construction, and even remains of corncobs. These "finds" helped them date the periods that Pueblo Indians lived on the sites. The materials also suggested that Pueblo peoples from both the south and north might have lived in the area.

The archaeologists also discovered similarities in pottery designs that could point to a link between Pueblo Indians in southern New Mexico and Pueblo Indians 300 miles to the north in the Four Corners area. One theory is that northern groups (Anasazi) might have immigrated to the Rio Alamosa valley in the south.

These findings are important because they will help to clarify the relationships between different ancestral Native American groups, and from which areas modern Pueblo cultures have evolved.

What other important discoveries are to be made here? Read the daily field reports to find out!

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Karl Laumbach  

Examples of the pottery found at the site, dating to A.D. 1000–1100.

The variety of pottery types suggests that different Pueblo groups lived in the area.
Now you know something about the site. Your next step is to read field reports.