Laguna Plata Site

Laguna Plata Site

When the weather was warm and the water plentiful, residents at this site enjoyed life in the Laguna Plata basin. The La Plata site is perched on a ridge overlooking the basin, an ideal spot for easy access to water that likely pooled in the basin during the wet season. Abundant water not only drew in human activity, but would have promoted plant growth in the region and attracted thirsty animals. Although the wild resources here were rich, residents also subsisted on domesticated plants like maize. No signs of agriculture remain at the La Plata site today, meaning that hunters and gatherers at La Plata probably traded their own resources for farmed foods, like maize.

Cultural Affiliation: Archaic, Jornada Mogollon, and Mogollon

Boothill Site

Boothill Site

The Boot Hill site was a hunting camp where generations of ancestors lived periodically for about 1,000 years. The camp is nestled among several water sources, creating an ideal location for hunting animals and foraging indigenous plants. It is likely that several family groups lived at the hunting camp on a seasonal basis while resources were abundant. Community ties appear strong between residents of the Boot Hill site and their neighbors, in fact residents were traveling and trading around the Southwest and Mexico.

Cultural Affiliation: Archaic, Jornada Mogollon, and Mogollon