Arizona Archaeological Society




After a full year now of no work at GCR, I am attempting to put together a plan and schedule that will allow us to continue in at least some capacity this Fall. Toward that end I will be sending our annual report to ASM and requesting our permit renewal shortly. As part of that, and a first step toward getting back to work, I've slapped together a safety protocol for dealing with the viral landscape we would be working in.

Clearly we will be looking at a much reduced effort, at least for the Fall. Trying to pull this off will also be difficult, especially as so many of us, me included, tend to be in one or more of the susceptible categories. I also know that many of you just simply won't want to take the risk no matter what protocols we have in place, since there's no way to eliminate risk entirely. That's understandable; we'll be happy to see you back again once this is all over.

As much as I, too, would like to continue the two-day work event format, I think that for the time being I want to stick to the one day per session format to minimize risk of exposure from ancillary activities associated with coming to Payson from somewhere else and spending the night. We can reassess this situation periodically but I want to start off that way at least. Apologies to everyone with a long drive...

More important, I left something out of the protocol, probably the most important thing. And that is this: that I will toss people off the site  or shut the whole thing down if folks don't take this seriously and follow the rules. Not much point having rules if they aren't followed, right? This is serious.

So, take a look, let me know what you think and if there's anything else that we should address. And let me know if you think you will be interested in working under these conditions this Fall so I can get an idea what to plan for.

Thanks and I hope to see everyone again... sometime. Be well, stay safe,


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


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