Donaldson / Matty Canyon


AZ EE:2:30. This site is a deeply buried Early Agricultural period habitation site located on the floodplain of Matty Wash upstream of its confluence with Cienega Creek. Excavations carried out at the site by Eddy and Cooley (1983), and B. Huckell (1995; 2001) have discovered evidence of maize associated with pithouses and other features such as pits, burials, and midden deposits.

ID Other ID Type Subtype Uncal BP (years) ± 1 σ (years) Median cal BP (years) Lower cal BP (years) Upper cal BP (years) δ13C Contaminated?
AA-13125 MacroSample cupule 2505 50 2580 2743 2366 No
AA-13124 MacroSample cupule 2320 55 2339 2675 2154 No

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References Cited

Eddy, F. W. and M. E. Cooley
    1983    Cultural and Environmental History of Cienega Valley, Southeastern Arizona. Anthropological Papers No. 43. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Huckell, B. B.
    1995    Of marshes and maize: preceramic agricultural settlements in the Cienega Valley, southeastern Arizona. Anthropological Papers No. 59.  University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Huckell, B. B.
    2001    History of archaeological research in the Cienega Valley. Archaeology Southwest 15(4):2.

Huckell, L. W.
        2006      Ancient Maize in the American Southwest: What does it Look Like and What Can it Tell Us?  In Histories of Maize: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Prehistory, Biogeography, Domestication, and Evolution of Maize, edited by J. E. Staller, R. H. Tykot and B. F. Benz, pp. 97-107. Elsevier/Academic Press, Amsterdam.

Mabry, J. B. (editor)
    2008    Las Capas: Early Irrigation and Sedentism in a Southwestern Floodplain. Anthropological Papers No. 28. Center for Desert Archaeology, Tucson.