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Dicke, Robert J. (ed.) / Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume XLIV (1955)

McCabe, Robert A.
The prehistoric engineer-farmers of Chihuahua,   pp. 75-90 PDF (6.1 MB)


Page 79

The "council ring" was made of large angular stones that appeared
to have
been quarried. There was no quarry site found within a mile radius of the
ruins area. The stones could have been cut on the spot, but the possibility
seems unlikely. 
 1955] McCabe—Engineer-Farmers of Chihuahua 79 
in each case had a commanding view of the surrounding country. An excellent
picture of such a ruin is presented by Sayles.'2 One ruin in particular overlooked
the Gavilan valley. The original building had been built on a small bench
just below the rim of the tallest mesa. The stone walls had long since fallen
apart but enough remained to show that the single room was about 12 feet
by 12 feet. The roof was probably thatched. Ralph L. Beals'3 in his studies
on comparative ethnology of northern Mexico indicates that thatched roofs
were used by the early inhabitants of this region. It so happens that in
the Gavilan area there grows a tall bunch grass of the genus Muhienbergia
that appears to be suitable for thatching. 
THE "RUINS" 
 The trincheras and the lookout hut were not, however, the only evidences
of prehistoric peoples in the Gavilan River area. Floyd Johnson pointed out
an area near our camp that he called the 
 ~ Plate 11, p. 14, E. B. Sayles. "An archeological survey of Chihuahua
Mexico",
The Medallion, Gila Pueblo—Globe Arizona Private printing, 1936.
 13 p. 138, Ralph L. Reals. "The comparative ethnology of northern Mexico
before 
1750", Ibero—Americana: 2, Univ. California Press, Berkeley,
1932.


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