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3D Goat Camp


Hey Goat Campers!

Finally, it's time to get back to work! This Saturday, 9/24,  we will once again dive into the dirt in our pursuit of the (so far very well) hidden secrets of GCR and how and why it was abandoned the way it was. We'll be getting back into Room 8, Courtyard 30, and, much as I hate to say it, our mystery feature F43. Maybe some more wall trenching around 28 and 8, and who knows what else (actually, I suppose that would be me, wouldn't it...).

I was up at GCR this afternoon (Friday) trying to remove some of the weeds that had infested the site during the monsoon. It’s wet, but not mushy and there was no standing water. However, a light rain started about 3 and continued for about half an hour. It’s still kind of threatening over the site, but no more rain other than an occasional brief drizzle. It’s not supposed to rain again – though it wasn’t supposed to rain this afternoon, either...

So, what to do?  Why, dig, of course!  Conditions won’t be perfect tomorrow, but they should be acceptable, so we’ll give it a go. See y’all tomorrow!  As always, please let me know if you are coming.

Also, our final schedule for the Fall :

September 24

October 8 and 22

November 12 and 26

December 10

Cheers and stay safe,


Scott Wood, retired Tonto archaeologist and Rim Country Adviser, leads the excavations at Goat Camp.  Participants must be current members of AAS.  Scott's contact information

Online from April 10, 2022  “Goat Camp Virtual Field Trip” with archaeologist J. Scott Wood sponsored by Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS), Tucson

Online from June 17, 2021  “The Goat Camp Ruin Project Volunteer Archaeology in Central Arizona” with J. Scott Wood for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center

AAS Goat Camp Tour Sept. 17, 2022

Goat Camp Ruin is located in Payson and was occupied from about 750 to 1280 AD.  The site was originally a Hohokam colony that continued to be occupied through the Classic Period.  The Classic Period occupation is called "Payson Tradition" or "Northern Salado".  After several changes in ownership and extensive pot-hunting, the city of Payson took over ownership of the site. The Rim Country Chapter, with Scott Wood’s assistance, proposed creating an archaeological interpretive site as well as a hiking trail for this 6-acre parcel of land, similar to that of nearby Shoofly Ruin. Scott has led groups of volunteers each spring and fall for the past few years excavating and interpreting areas within the overall complex. The goal is not rebuilding or total excavation, but knowledge and public education through an interpretive package.  Shoofly excavation reports are at the bottom of the Rim Chapter webpage.

Ceramic Checklist                                 First Season Report

Site Map                                                Second Season Report

Master Development Plan             Third Season Report 

Excavation and Stabilization Plan       Fourth Season Report

Goat Camp 2018 Fall Plan           Fifth Season Report   

Goat Camp 2019 Spring Plan                Sixth Season Report

Goat Camp 2020 Spring Plan                Seventh Season Report

Goat Camp 2020 Fall Plan Rev           Eighth Season progress impeded by                                                                      pandemic         

Goat Camp 2021 Spring Plan                 Ninth Season Report

Virus Protocol Rev                                  Tenth Season Report


         SCREENING                                                                            CLEANING ARTIFACTS


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