Site Overview

Site Number


History of the Site Name

Named for the canyon in and above which (along the rim) the village was built

Other Names

Name Comment
Site 5MT131 (no name) Original site number assigned by Eric Varney, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, 30 June 1965; photocopy of site form on file, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Woods Canyon Ruins Fewkes 1919*1:32

Site Type

Habitation site with public architecture

Site Boundary Description

Boundaries defined by the extent of architectural remains. North boundary is immediately north of the canyon rim; east boundary is a maximum of 50 m west of a side drainage; west boundary is up to 50 m east of another side drainage; south boundary is in c

Site Size

7.8 acres (3.2 hectares), based on boundaries defined by visible architecture

Site Composition and Layout

Surface remains consist of standing structures and walls, rubble mounds that denote roomblocks and towers, kiva depressions, artifact scatters that indicate the locations of midden areas, a relatively flat, open area that indicates a possible plaza, multi

Cultural Affiliation and Date Range of Occupation

Mesa Verde ancestral Pueblo Indian; occupied from mid-A.D. 1100s to late 1200s (Pueblo III period)

General Location

Approximately 3 miles southwest of the present-day town of Yellow Jacket, Colorado, Montezuma County; approximately 1.5 miles south-southwest of junction of County Road 13.5 and County Road W; approximately 7 miles southwest of Yellow Jacket Pueblo (Site

Ownership, Stewardship

U.S. Government, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.}

Years of Crow Canyon Excavation


Percent Excavated by Crow Canyon

A Cultural Resource Use permit to conduct excavations and establish temporary trails, pit toilets, and portable toilets was issued to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center by the Bureau of Land Management, San Juan Resource Area Office, Durango, Colorado

Permits Comment
C-39466 (J) 1994-1998; renewed for 1996-1998