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Another year has passed, so attached is our annual report (Seventh Season Report) for activities at Goat Camp Ruin during the 2018-2019 season.  We are still a long way from being done, but we are working on our final priority excavation area, the Room 8 complex.  Finishing that and getting at least some of our secondary priorities addressed will probably take a couple more years, and we will still need to work on stabilization after that and move all the backdirt and rockpiles.  We will also need to do some small test units for the placement of interpretive signs and such, but we are getting there, slowly but surely.  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

                                                             Seventh Season Report


         SCREENING                                                                            CLEANING ARTIFACTS


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