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Scott Wood, retired Tonto archaeologist and Rim Country Advisor, leads the excavations at Goat Camp.  You must be a current member of AAS to excavate.  This weekend will be our next to last field session this season and we still have a lot to do.  Before we close up for the summer, I hope to finish Room 7 (as if that were possible), finish the north half of 29 and the south half of 28 - all in the 4 days we have left!  With luck, we'll be able to see how the three entry ways (8, 28, and 29) all relate to each other in that little complex.  Scheduled excavation dates are:  

May 26 and 27, and June 9 and 10.  Lab Sessions are scheduled for June 23, 24, and 30, and July 1.  Check with Scott before coming.  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.

Goat Camp 2018 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

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