FIND ANCIENT CANAL
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[ July 12th 2005 ]
archaeologists have unearthed a series of buried
arteries thought to be one of the largest integrated
canal systems the Hohokam Indians ever built in
the Phoenix area. According to Associated
Press, twenty Hohokam canals, uncovered during
an ongoing archaeological survey of the 240-acre
site, have been found since October. The largest
measures 45 feet wide and 16 feet deep.
are the size of canals in Phoenix today, but these
were done with digging sticks and baskets," said
Tom Wilson, an archaeologist and director of the
Mesa Southwest Museum. "There are some extraordinary
things there, and it's an important finding and
cultural asset for the whole state in terms of
what it tells us."
believe the Hohokam lived in central and southern
Arizona for about 1,500 years, sometime between
300 B.C. and A.D. 1400. They were a largely agricultural
community known for their sophisticated canal
systems, AP reports.