Update from SW: Visiting Remarkable sites in Arizona

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Petroglyph archaeological sites near Petrified Forest National Parkin Arizona
Petroglyph archaeological sites near Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

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.

Along the canyon cliffs below the ridge containing the architectural features, there are numerous petroglyph sites, many of which are in pristine condition.  A petroglyph site having no historic graffiti or bullet holes from senseless target practice is a real privilege to observe, and sadly, an increasingly rare occurrence.
  The Hooper Ranch and Danson Pueblo Archaeological Preserve, Arizona
The Hooper Ranch and Danson Pueblo Archaeological Preserve, Arizona
On the same trip to Petrified National Monument I visited and checked on two of our preserves in the Springerville, AZ area. Hooper Ranch and Danson Pueblo. These sites are Ancestral Pueblo / Mogollon/ Pueblo III (AD 1230 to 1375).
  The Hooper Ranch and Danson Pueblo Archaeological Preserve, Arizona
Pottery sherd at The Hooper Ranch and Danson Pueblo Archaeological Preserve, Arizona

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 Hooper Ranch and Danson Pueblo Archaeological Preserve, Arizona
Clear skies at The Hooper Ranch and Danson Pueblo Archaeological Preserve, Arizona

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.

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