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Alas, but I think that optimism has failed us. I also think that it is best to assume that we will not be working at all this season unless something totally bizarre happens, like finding out that the CIA has had a vaccine for coronavirus all along and just happen to have enough for everyone on the planet to be treated, but were only waiting to be asked. If so, I'll let you know and we'll see what we can salvage of the season but it's probably best to just plan to enjoy your Spring and Summer indoors quietly slipping into a Netflix binge coma....

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay vigilant in your search for toilet paper and ammo.  Thanks, and I hope to see y'all again soon.


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

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.

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


         SCREENING                                                                            CLEANING ARTIFACTS


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