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Hohokam canals unearthed in Tempe
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:54 pm    Post subject: Hohokam canals unearthed in Tempe Reply with quote

When the next few volumes begin to publish, we will start introducing people to some very Arizonan things—like the Hohokam. They are an ancient Native American tribe who used to range far and wide, but especially in the Valley of the Sun. They left behind a vast after-image legacy of their civilization in the form of canals that stretch beneath and criss-cross Phoenix.

Recently, an article on Azcentral.com gives mention of some Hohokam canals discovered at a construction site.
Two canals from the Hohokam time period have been unearthed at Apache Boulevard and Rural Road - the future home of ASU's Barrett Honors College. The college is currently housed at Apache Boulevard and College Avenue.

Pieces of pottery were also found at the site, said Glen Rice, of Rio Salado Archaeology and an ASU emeritus faculty member in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

The canals, dating back as far as 1000 A.D., show that the land was most likely used for agriculture fields and not home to an entire village.
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