Honey Bee Village is one of the largest Hohokam villages in the northern Tucson Basin . Lying near the base of Pusch Ridge in the Rancho Vistoso developme-nt, it was occupied from about A .D .750 to A .D .1300. This prehistoric village covers about 75 acres. The core area, consisting of approimately 12 acres, contains a ball court for social gatherings, a large walled compound, and a series of trash mounds containing artifacts that represent nearly 500 years of occupation .
Honey Bee Village Excavation
Honey Bee Vilage Excavation An estimated 15.0-200 pit house structures may exist at the village . The nearby Sleeping Snake Village, obliterated through modern development also contained a ball court and a large number of pithouses.
Archaeological excavations were conducted at the site 1988 and additional excavations are planned prior to further development of the area.
Preservation of the core area of one of this Hohokam village is essential to gaining a better understanding of the thousands of year of history in Oro Valley.
Experiance experimental Archaeology and Hands-On Archaeology of Hohokam Pithouses at Steam Pump Ranch presented by Archaeology Southwest and its advisory team