Dolores Archaeological Program: Anasazi Communities at Dolores, McPhee Village (Book 2 of 2)
Kane, A. E.
Robinson, C. K.
Breternitz, David A.
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Pueblo de las Golondrinas (House of the Swallows), Site 5MT5107, is a multiple-occupation site within the larger McPhee Village habitation complex. The site is situated in the Dolores River valley (Montezuma County, southwest Colorado), west of the river at the base of the sandstone cliffs which constitute the western limits of the valley proper. The Dolores Archaeological Program investigated this site in 1981 using, primarily, a testing approach. The testing procedures (657 person-days of investigation) revealed a single contiguous roomblock containing 48 rooms in a double-row arrangement, a plaza area containing 10 pitstructures (some of which were superimposed), and a large refuse midden south of the plaza. Occupation of the site persisted for approximately 150 years during the Pueblo I period from A.D. 730 to 880. Four distinct building-occupation periods (or elements) are represented; a fifth element represents an abortive reuse of the site, probably in the early A.D. 900's.