Fremont Architectural Variation: Wolf Village Excavations 2009-2012


Fremont archaeology, Wolf Village, Utah Valley


The Brigham Young University archaeological field school has spent four field seasons excavating at Wolf Village (42UT273), a large Fremont site in Utah Valley. Wolf Village is a blend of typical Fremont architectural traits and unique or rare characteristics. This blending is exemplified in the two adobe surface structures, which are the only adobe structures documented in Utah Valley; the residential pit structures, which include features such as multiple ventilation entrances and are abnormally large; and the 72m² pit structure, which is the largest Fremont structure found to date and was likely used for communal activities. Despite the differences in construction, radiocarbon dating suggests that all these structures date to a relatively short time period in the AD 1000s. Exploring architectural traits and variation at Wolf Village and other Fremont sites gives new insights into community and interaction within the Fremont world.

Original Publication Citation

Lindsay D. Johansson, Katie K. Richards, and James R. Allison 2012 Fremont Architectural Variation: Wolf Village Excavations 2009-2012. Paper presented at the 33rd Great Basin Anthropological Association Conference, Stateline, Nevada. (presented by Lindsay Johansson)

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Associate Professor