A number of circular rock features were also observed on the site and when mapped these circular rock features appeared to delineate another room block (photographs 3 and 5). Mimbres structures were stone whereas other cultural groups relied on adobe as a building material. A room block with only corners of stone suggest a transition in local building styles in the post classic period in the San Simon Valley. Either due to possible decreased labor costs in adobe walled buildings or a local adaptation to building techniques used by other cultural groups (perhaps Hohokam) during the reorganization phase.
In addition to presumptive room blocks, 2 clay pits were identified next to the hamlet where material for walls and pottery was mined. Two digging tools were found in association with these clay pits, both large modified flakes which would allow easy removal of clay used in siding stone walls (photograph 6).
Although no diagnostic pottery was recovered from a surface search, shell, scrapers, and flaking cores were recovered. The lack of ceramics suggests this site was either a short term occupation or was occupied by a group with little material goods.
|Panorama of hamlet. The small rise denotes the hamlet location.|
|Room outline approximately 15' x 18'. The yucca may mark the location of the rooms center post.|
|Drainage patterns upstream of hamlet.|
|GPS locations showing room block outlines and other features.|
|Circular rock feature forming part of a room block outline.|
|Clay pit with in situ digging tool.|