(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

The influence of paleofloods on archaeological settlement patterns during A.D. 1050-1170 along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

published at : Soils, sediments, and geoarcheology. Special issue

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ANDERSON K.C. (1 2) ; NEFF T. (2) ;
(1) Northern Arizona Univ., ETATS-UNIS
(2) Museum of Northern Arizona, ETATS-UNIS


By combining new geomorphic, stratigraphic, and archaeological data collected during recent excavations with results from previous geomorphic and sediment transport studies, observed trends can be interpreted regarding the possible influence of paleofloods on past settlement patterns in the Grand Canyon. For example, at each of the 4 sites, reconstructed paleoflood elevations, flood recurrence intervals, site layout, and site stratigraphy/geomorphic setting suggest a temporal trend in site location. The AA. suggest that early farmers may not have had adequate experience with flood magnitudes and frequencies and therefore their habitation structures were located in risk-prone areas relatively close to the river. Later habitations were positioned in more protected areas further from the river, perhaps reflecting an acquired knowledge of river dynamics


Thematical fascicle

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 85, no 2 [pp. 168-186]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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