Site Overview

Site Number


History of the Site Name

The TJ Smith site was named for the current land owners, Tammy and Jerry Smith.

Other Names

Name Comment
ICR-117 Indian Camp Ranch Archaeological Survey

Site Type


Site Boundary Description

The southern two thirds of the site is bounded by the extent of artifacts in a plowed field. County Roads 22.6 and K.3 are considered the northern boundary of the site. This site likely extended under the road construction but this northern extent can no

Site Size

.6 acres as currently visible.

Site Composition and Layout

The surface signature of the site includes a scatter of gray ware ceramics and flaked lithics, a rock and burned adobe concentration at the center of the site, a remnant of a slab-lined room in an irrigation ditch along County Road K.3, 12 m north of the

Cultural Affiliation and Date Range of Occupation

Mesa Verde ancestral Pueblo; mid-to-late Basketmaker III period. Occupied between A.D. 535 and 720. There are two distinct Basketmaker III occupations of the site. First occupation between A.D. 535 and 650 includes ephemeral storage and extramural activit

General Location

Approximately 5 miles west of Cortez, Colorado, south of the intersection of County Roads 22.6 and K.3.

Ownership, Stewardship

Private Property, Indian Camp Ranch Lot 23, Tammy and Jerry Smith}

Years of Crow Canyon Excavation

2012 and 2013

Percent Excavated by Crow Canyon

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

Permits Comment
2011-84 State of Colorado Survey and Testing Permit
2012-68 State of Colorado Survey and Testing Permit
2013-47 State of Colorado Excavation Permit