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2015-02-24  
Azatlan Village Hohokam ruins, AZ
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Azatlan Village Hohokam ruins, AZ 
Azatlan Village Hohokam ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking3.50 Miles 123 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   1.07 mph
123 ft AEG
 
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This guided hike with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy set my mind on fire for 4 hours. Incredible walking through actual, intact (not reconstructed) Hohokam canals beside the Verde River. Hundreds of trash mounds with pottery sherds scattered everywhere. Some pioneer history in the area as well. Small ball courts that still look like ball courts without any reconstruction. I took off work to go on this RSVP only hike, and I am so glad that I did. Moved my work day to Thursday - nice to be part time and have some flexibility.

Here are the notes that I took on my phone as we were walking:
- Bob Mason is an expert on the Azatlan Village. Scott Wood is the Chief Archeologist for the Tonto Forest.
- There were between 3200 and 5000 inhabitants in this village
- 120 trash mounds
- the Azatlan site was surveyed in 1975, thought to be two sites where the wash divided - but may have been less prominent divide back then.
- without dams the Verde river had year round flow. Was 75 feet higher in Azatlan time. Had ponds and cascading waterfalls.
- canals were built at half a percent several miles long - great engineering
- canals were a couple feet wide and couple feet deep
- agave farming on alluvial terraces
- roasting pits have been found for the agave
- have found 33 painting styles of pottery, 18 unique to Azatlan (shows how many others were traded)
- can date the clay to within a square mile by spectral analysis on pottery and fire rings chemical analysis
- used yucca brush to pain the pottery
- modern history: Thunderbird airplane training sites for world war II and emergency landing fields visible.
- Pioneer time: White Homestead site, Fort McDowell not far from here. European settlers came here mid 1800's
- Jean de Marvie descendants still live in Scottsdale
- Some ball courts oriented north/south and others east/west. size varied 80 feet to 200 feet.
- in Azatlan had colonial and sedentary period ball courts.
- Azatlan was a *tournament* area for regional ball court activities
- Tournament in that time may have represented religious, musical, food, sports, trading, flea market.
- Around 1250 village dispersed.
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