Update from the Southwest Regional Office
From Chaz Evans, Southwest Regional Office Asst. Director
Last month I got to explore some truly remarkable archaeological sites near Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, as well as check on our own preserves. The sites near Petrified National Forest may be included in the next Park Service expansion and are particular importance due the the landscape they encompass. Many of the sites were small two to five room habitation features, but one site in particular had what appears to be a large Kiva associated with the room blocks.
This preserve includes two major architectural units located along the Little Colorado River near Springerville. The Hooper Ranch Pueblo portion is a 65 room pueblo with a plaza and Great Kiva. Chicago Museum of Natural History excavated 14 rooms and the kiva. A painted stone effigy figurine and other items were found in kiva at that time.
The two western pueblos that make up the Hooper Ranch and Danson Pueblo Archaeological Preserve were acquired with the help of an Arizona Heritage Fund grant. They are located in the middle of a planned residential subdivision located immediately adjacent to an Arizona Game and Fish Department preserve.