Report of the Board of Regents Volume 67

Report of the Board of Regents Volume 67

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...bits, quite in contrast to the abundant potsherds which occur not only among the foundations lower down the valley, but along the borders of the alluvial plain. The only other Avorks of man among the terraces are somo small stone circles, like the beds where the modern Indians cook the yucca to make the drink known as mescal, and a low round structure of bowlders. The whole hillside is almost exactly like hundreds in Palestine, Syria, and Asia Minor, or like others in Mexico and South America. Even the little round structure, about 7 feet in diameter, with its small doorway, suggests the watchmen's shelters in the terraced fields of Syria. There can scarcely be any doubt that the terraces were designed for agriculture. Apparently they were not intended for irrigation, for they are not properly arranged for this, nor does there appear to be any available source of water. They must have been intended for dry farming. Three or four miles down the valley, near the main village, a few similar terraces occur on a gravel slope east of the ruins and far above any available supply of water, so that here, too, dry farming appears to have been attempted. Prof. Forbes of the Arizona Experiment Station, as has already been stated, says that dry farming is not now practicable in Arizonaexcept by most careful and expensive methods of plowing and harrowing continued for two years in order to get a single crop. The terraced slope in the upper Rincon Valley, because of its proximity to the mountains, undoubtedly receives more rain than do many parts of the country. Over on the east side of the neighboring Santa Rita Mountains at an elevation considerably greater than that of our terraces, potatoes have been reported as grown without irrigation, but inquiry...show more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927141
  • 9781236927149