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The Clearwater Site: Tucson, Arizona, 2100 B.C.

Chaulk outlines

Chalk outlines ancient homes and storage pits before excavation.

Excavated by Desert Archaeology, Inc., as part of the Rio Nuevo Project, the ancient homes found in the deepest layers of soil at the Clearwater site are more than 4000 years old. The remains of these homes—known as pithouses— represent some of the earliest known examples of architecture from the Early Agricultural period (2100 B.C. to A.D. 50). The Clearwater site (AZ BB:13:6[ASM]) is now beneath the Mercado District at the intersection of Congress and Grande in Tucson, Arizona.

Photos of the Clearwater Site View photographs of the Clearwater site
Digital Reconstruction of the Clearwater Site View an animated virtual reconstruction of the Clearwater site