Placing the cabin in context in relation to those who lived on the landscape previously is always an interesting undertaking and during breaks in remodeling, walking the property always brings to light new evidence of the former inhabitants. The cabin sits on a low ridge between an abandoned drainage from Cave Creek canyon overlooking the San Simon riverbed in the seed reservoir. This finger of land jutting into the riverbed was favored by former inhabitants as evidenced by a number of metates (broken fragments and whole metates) found around the cabin as well as other stone tools including projectile points and an 18" stone pestle. This low ridge was ideal for inhabitants, providing high ground for living yet close to the river bottom for farming activities. Evidence of 15 different metates (2 whole and 13 fragments) were recovered from the low ridge around the cabin. All surface finds and appear to be simple type 1 metates with little or no outside modifications with wear patterns suggesting seasonal or short term use, 1" wear or less.
|The Painted Pony Resort showing the rustic cabin location|
|The cabin at the Painted Pony Resort|