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Roosevelt Lake sites, AZ
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Roosevelt Lake sites, AZ 
Roosevelt Lake sites, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2017
Hansenaz
Hiking5.01 Miles 626 AEG
Hiking5.01 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   1.37 mph
626 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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Petrophile recently posted a trip over by Lake Roosevelt that got me interested into finding out more about that area. There was plenty of Salado habitation there and I decided some general areas I should look around - more or less a recon trip.

Mainly I just had approximate locations in mind but there was one site on the west end of the lake that was pretty obvious in the satellite view and I started with that. This site is close to the road and as I got near it I saw it was near a sign saying to drop yard waste here. Suddenly I'm thinking the satellite picture was showing an organized dump or something similar.

I walked to the location and wasn't clear at all about what I was seeing - a stairstep type-mound with aligned rock edges. I really thought this might be some modern landfill until I noticed a large sign on the other side which gave the archaeological description of this platform mound which had been excavated by ASU in the 1990s. Probably the methods used which include excavation and then reburying explains the impression of a modern landfill. Anyway I went back and took a closer look at the platform structure, the room outlines and the pottery scatter.

I then drove down closer to the lake edge near Indian Point and headed down to the sometimes-flooded flats until I found the habitation site there on a small rise. Hard to tell from a distance but this higher area likely stays dry. Again rock alignments showing room edges I presume and pottery pieces were all over the place.

After that I headed to the east side of the lake to Meddlers Point. The road is blocked off and a sign says the area is closed because of bald eagle nesting starting Dec. 1. Apparently there was a lot of Salado habitation on this bluff overlooking the Salt: I found a few room outlines and more pottery and on the way back stumbled upon another small mound which is probably the most significant site on the bluff.

Interesting day for me. The rounded rocks and mounds used by the Salado are different from what I'm used to seeing.
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