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DATING THE SOBAÍPURI O’ODHAM

June 2013: In the newest Old Pueblo Archaeology bulletin’s featured article, “Dating the Sobaípuri: A Case Study in Chronology Building and Archaeological Interpretation,” archaeologist Dr. Deni J. Seymour discusses research she has conducted in southern Arizona’s San Pedro and Santa Cruz river valleys over the past 30 years on archaeological sites of the Sobaípuri O’odham, an early Historic period group related to the Pima and Tohono O’odham of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico. During her research she has collected dozens of archaeological samples for dating by various chronometric analyses in an attempt to date the occupations of Sobaípuri sites. In this article she summarizes the results of her long-term research efforts and discusses the implications for understanding the transition from prehistory to history in the southern Southwest. Her results suggest that the Sobaípuri O’odham were present in southern Arizona as early as the thirteenth or fourteenth century, and have interesting implications for whether the Hohokam and other related “prehistoric” cultures were directly ancestral to the O’odham peoples who occupied southern Arizona between AD 1450 and the first Spanish Colonial contact with this area in the 1690s.


Like every issue, this latest Old Pueblo Archaeology is written in a nontechnical format, includes ample illustrations, and is published electronically in pdf format for on-line access. Each issue of Old Pueblo Archaeology includes one or more feature articles about southwestern archaeology, history, or cultures and provides news about Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s activities and program offerings. Previous issues of “Old Pueblo Archaeology” are posted on our web site at http://oldpueblo.org/pubs.html. If you find our bulletins useful and enjoyable, please consider supporting our educational efforts by becoming an Old Pueblo Archaeology Center member or by making a donation to Old Pueblo. Old Pueblo’s mission is to educate children and adults to understand and appreciate archaeology and other cultures, to foster the preservation of archaeological and historical sites, and to develop a lifelong concern for the importance of nonrenewable resources and traditional cultures. Old Pueblo is recognized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization under the U.S. tax code so donations and Old Pueblo membership fees are tax-deductible up to amounts allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.

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