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15 Hohokam dwellings found at road project

Fifteen prehistoric Hohokam dwellings have been found during road construction in Arizona.

Currently, the sites have not been excavated; the Cultural Resources office is waiting to hear back from the Pima County Department of Transportation, which is planning to redesign that part of the frontage road project so it will avoid causing disturbance to the prehistoric settlement.

If plans don’t change, archeologists will conduct a full-blown excavation, much like the one at Continental Road and Whitehouse Canyon Road that produced more than 500 Hohokam artifacts in April. That site, which consisted of four dwellings, had to be excavated because it was scheduled to be covered as part of a road-widening project to add bicycle lanes on Whitehouse Canyon Road.

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