Prehistoric Water Use in the American Southwest. The Technology of the Hohokam, Anasazi, and Others By Chris McPhee Dept. of Anthropology University of Arizona. Key Players in Prehistoric Arizona. The Anasazi Lived in the Four Corners region from 1200 BC until 1300 AD
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Prehistoric Water Use in the American Southwest
The Technology of the Hohokam, Anasazi, and Others
By Chris McPhee
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Arizona
Courtesy of University of Arizona
How did the Anasazi prehistoric people (also called the Ancestral Pueblo) harvest water in the arid regions they occupied in northern Arizona?
Cobble Mulch = Stones provide shade, trap moisture,
prevent evaporation, and prevent runoff of rain water.
Prevents water from flowing too quickly
Allows better permeation of hard soils
Helps in capture of surface water due to rains
We live in a diverse planet with a variety of ecosystems and environments that challenge how people survive. How humans innovatively harvest water is what marks us as the intelligent, creative, and determined people we are.
Used in other regions of North America, as well as South America
How does water affect you in Arizona?
3. How do you get your water? Where does it come from?
4. Is rain important in your community? Why?
5. Do you harvest water? How could you?
6. Will Arizona always have water?