Sunset Crater Archaeology: The History of a Volcanic Landscape – Environmental Analyses (AP33)
Mark D. Elson, editor.
The U.S. 89 Archaeological Project investigated 41 prehistoric sites located approximately 30 km north of Flagstaff, Arizona. All sites were on Coconino National Forest land. The project was conducted by Desert Archaeology, Inc., for the Arizona Department of Transportation prior to the widening and improvement of 26.7 km of U.S. 89, between the southern boundary of Wupatki National Monument in the north, and the town of Fernwood in the south. Archaeological fieldwork occurred over two primary field seasons in 1997 and 1998, with a very brief field season in 1999. A total of almost 12 person-years of labor was expended on the fieldwork.
This volume presents the analyses of environmental data recovered during the project. The results of pollen and macrobotanical analyses are presented in Chapters 1 and 2, providing insight into project area subsistence systems and land use. The agricultural potential of the project area is explored in Chapters 3-5. Chapters 6 through 8 and Appendix B present geological data on several different aspects of the mid-to-late eleventh century A.D. eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano. A detailed paleoenvironmental reconstruction for the project area and the Flagstaff area in general is provided in Chapter 9. 174 pages, 53 tables, 108 figures. Published December 2007.