Gomez Canyon Pueblito

Situated on a sandstone point on the east side of Gomez Canyon, this site consists of a single-story pueblito with three rooms (Rooms 1, 2 and 3). A second structure (Room 4) was built north and below the outcrop and likely provided access to main part of the pueblito. In addition, four forked-pole hogans, two piles of burned sandstone and a few slab features were recorded (Powers & Johnson 1987).

Ceramic Assemblage: Currently only Dinetah Gray ceramics have been documented at the site.

Tree-ring Analysis: Thirty-one tree-ring samples have been collected from the site, 22 from the masonry pueblito and nine from the hogans. Wood species included juniper and pinyon and metal ax use was observed on all the samples. Tree-ring dates from the site can be interpreted in several ways, however the most plausible seems to suggest that the pueblito was built sometime around 1735. Samples from the hogans indicate that they were likely contemporaneous with the pueblito (Towner 1997).

Land Owner: Bureau of Land Management
Site Elevation: 6620 ft / 2017 m
Hiking Difficulty: Easy =
Someone in fair hiking condition;
Distance less than 500 ft;
Elevation gain less than 50 feet.

References:
Powers, Margaret A. and Byron P. Johnson 1987
Defensive Sites of Dinetah. New Mexico Bureau of Land Management Cultural Resources Series No. 2, 1987. U.S. Dept of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Albuquerque District.

Towner, Ronald H. 1997
The Dendrochronology of the Navajo Pueblitos of Dinetah, PhD dissertation, University of Arizona.




Gomez Canyon Pueblito
Gomez Canyon Pueblito
Gomez Canyon Pueblito
Photos by EMKotyk