On Saturday, July 28, 2012, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument will host a presentation by Katherine Dungan from Archaeology Southwest. Katherine will conduct a slide presentation on the excavation of the Fornholt Site, a Mogollon area village that was occupied during the same time period as the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The program will begin at 6 pm in the Gila Visitor Center. The Park Store will also be open for the purchase of snacks, books, pottery, t-shirts and other park-related items.
Researchers from Archaeology Southwest have been working in the Upper Gila area since 2008. The 2011 and 2012 Archaeology Southwest field school, a cooperative effort with the University of Arizona School of Anthropology, focused on excavations at the Fornholt Site. Like the Gila Cliff Dwellings, Fornholt was occupied during the Tularosa Phase, the label that archeologists give to the 1200s CE (common era) in the Mogollon Highlands of west-central New Mexico and east-central Arizona. Also like the Cliff Dwellings, Fornholt is at the southern edge of the geographic area in which Tularosa Phase sites are found. Katherine Dungan will discuss the preliminary results from the 2011 and 2012 field school excavations at Fornholt and how these results contribute to our knowledge of life along this “Tularosa Frontier”.
Katherine Dungan is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation research is focused on the Tularosa phase Mogollon occupation of Upper Gila River Valley in the 13th and early 14th centuries. She was the Field Director for the Archaeology Southwest/University of Arizona field school in Mule Creek in 2011 and 2012. Since 2008, Katherine has worked as a research assistant at Archaeology Southwest, a private, non-profit organization in Tucson, AZ.
For more information about this special presentation or for directions, please contact the Gila Visitor Center at 575-536-9461. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended.