Arizona Archaeological Society




Scott Wood, retired Tonto archaeologist and Rim Country Advisor, 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.  The 2018 Fall Schedule and Sixth Season Progress Report are available below.  

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.

Goat Camp 2018 Fall Plan              First Season Report

Site Map                                       Second Season Report

Master Development Plan                   Third Season Report

Excavation and Stabilization Plan Fourth Season Report

                                                        Fifth Season Report

Sixth Season Report

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