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  •  Tks for diary!; and to Azazello for the article. (6+ / 0-)

    Alarming that a shopping-mall is under development where the site was found.

    the settlement is likely from the Early Agricultural Period, which predates even the Hohokam culture that was in Southern and Central Arizona from 500 to about 1450 A.D. ... the canal could come from the period 2500 to 1500 B.C. ... Huckleberry placed this canal’s age at 1000 B.C. to 1 A.D. ... Features found so far at the Marana site include 37 pit houses, the canal, 14 other architectural features, 87 features found outside the village’s settlement and the burials, ...
    The discovery of these remains over the winter comes as the Marana center developer, a subsidiary of the Simon Property Group, is in apparent competition with a second outlet center planned for two miles to the north in unincorporated Pima County to see which one can be built first.

    The developers and town of Marana officials, who look forward to the jobs and tax revenue the outlet center would bring, say they don’t expect the archaeological issues to delay the project. They hope construction will begin this summer, with the center opening a year later.

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