Patterns and Results of Large-Scale Cultural Inventories in SE Utah

The Cedar Mesa area of southeast Utah contains a dense concentration of well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites. Recently, Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants documented over 30 archaeological sites in Road Canyon, most of which have been documented for the first time. A review of the fieldwork from Road Canyon is presented, followed by a more-detailed look at Pueblo II-III multicomponent sites. Particular attention is given to the presence of numerous dismantled rooms at the Road Canyon sites. Other similar sites from Lime Canyon, Grand Gulch, and McLoyd Canyon (Moon House) are compared to the Road Canyon sites. Finally, some inferences and insights are made about the occupational history of multicomponent sites in Road Canyon and the Cedar Mesa area.