The Davis Ranch Site
A Kayenta Immigrant Enclave in Southeastern Arizona
Annotations to Gerald’s original manuscript in the archives of the Amerind Museum and newly written material place Gerald’s work in the context of what is currently known regarding the late thirteenth-century Kayenta diaspora and the relationship between Kayenta immigrants and the Salado phenomenon. Data presented by Gerald and other contributors identify the site as having been inhabited by people from the Kayenta region of northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah.
The results of Gerald’s excavations and Archaeology Southwest’s San Pedro Preservation Project (1990–2001) indicate that the people of the Davis Ranch Site were part of a network of dispersed immigrant enclaves responsible for the origin and spread of Roosevelt Red Ware pottery, the key material marker of the Salado phenomenon.
A companion volume to Charles Di Peso’s 1958 publication on the nearby Reeve Ruin, archaeologists working in the U.S. Southwest and other researchers interested in ancient population movements and their consequences will consider this work an essential case study.
“Patrick D. Lyons provides a comprehensive view of one of the most important sites of prehistoric migrations in the Americas—Davis Ranch—painstakingly weaving Rex E. Gerald’s sixty-year-old notes and analyses together with modern understandings. Lyons also provides a stunning new study of Salado ceramics.” —Catherine M. Cameron, Department of Archaeology, University of Colorado, Boulder