Site Overview

Site Number


History of the Site Name

The site was named for a complete grayware seed jar filled with Portulaca seeds found in a pithouse during Crow Canyon Archaeological Center excavations.

Other Names

Name Comment
ICR-027 Indian Camp Ranch Archaeological Survey

Site Type

Habitation site

Site Boundary Description

Extent of artifacts scatter to the west and east. The northern boundary is an arbitrary division between 5MT10709 and a similar Basketmaker II habitation site 5MT10627. Similarly, the south boundary is an arbitrary division between the midden of 5MT10709

Site Size

.4 acres

Site Composition and Layout

5MT10709 is a small mid-Basketmaker III (A.D. 570-670) hamlet site. Identified on the surface are the construction remnants of two east-west trending roomblocks and two distinct artifact concentrations within a site wide scatter. Geophysical imaging, soil

Cultural Affiliation and Date Range of Occupation

Mesa Verde Ancestral Pueblo, mid-Basketmaker III period (A.D. 570-670).

General Location

Approximately 5.5 miles west of Cortez, Colorado, on the south side of County Road K.

Ownership, Stewardship

Private Property, Indian Camp Ranch Lot 11, Bob and Diane Greenlee}

Years of Crow Canyon Excavation

2014, 2015

Percent Excavated by Crow Canyon

State of Colorado Archaeological Permits were obtained for each field season (2011-2014) to conduct archaeological research.

Permits Comment
2013-48 State of Colorado Survey and Testing Permit
2014-77 State of Colorado Excavation Permit
2015-2 State of Colorado Excavation Permit