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Pueblo Jorge
Ancient Hohokam Ruins
Ballcourt.

Near Laveen, Arizona, USA

George and Eve DeLange

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Ancient Hohokam Ruins, Ballcourt. Photo January 17, 2010.

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Pueblo Jorge. Ancient Hohokam Ruins, Ballcourt. Photo January 17, 2010.
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Pueblo Jorge. Ancient Hohokam Ruins, Ballcourt. Photo January 17, 2010.
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Pueblo Jorge. Ancient Hohokam Ruins, Ballcourt. Photo January 17, 2010.

This is an ancient Hohokam ballcourt near Laveen, Arizona.

Many of the locals don't even know that this ancient Hohokam ballcourt exists and is near Laveen, Arizona.

It is thought that the Hohokam were the first people to settle central Arizona.

The "Pueblo Jorge", Ancient Hohokam Ruins, Ballcourt, dates from the Hohokam Classic Period, and was recorded by George DeLange in 1956.

A Google Earth Map search marks the center of the "Pueblo Jorge," Ancient Hohokam Ruins, Ballcourt, at 33o 21' 22.88" N 112o 03' 44.26" W. The elevation is about 1,332 feet.

It is thought that the original pueblos, ballcourts, & canals were used by the ancient Hohokam (ho-ho-KAHM) people in Arizona.

According to oral tradition, the Hohokam may be the ancestors of the historic Akimel O'odham and Tohono O'odham peoples in Southern Arizona.

The Hohokam culture, which spanned some 1450 years from 1 A. D. in the first millennium to A. D. 1450 suddenly appeared and vanished into the darkness of history. During that time, the Hohokam raised new standards in innovation, art, and craftsmanship. They also had trade and cultural connections into Mesoamerica.

Based upon the first archaeological evidence, researchers believed that early Hohokam pioneers into northern Sonora and southern Arizona, imported a more advanced Mesoamerican influence into the area, founding the Hohokam culture, around the beginning of the first millennium.

Based upon later archaeological evidence, other researchers believed that local descendants of the ancient hunting and gathering traditions of the desert, responded to influences from Mesoamerica and emerged as the Hohokam.

Yet other students have suggested that the Hohokam immigrants arrived from an unknown Mesoamerican region and swept across the deserts of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. It is thought by those researchers that the Hohokam immigrants probably over ran the hunter/gatherers in the region of southern Arizona, sometime in the second half of the first millennium.

Yet other investigators say that the Hohokam region was nothing more than a Mesoamerican frontier outpost.

And others believe that the Hohokam culture represented nothing more than a local cultural development with a Mesoamerican tint.

In any case, not much is known about their origins.

The Hohokam occupied a geologically and ecologically diverse region, which extended from the basin and range and the low desert country of northern Sonora and southern Arizona northward into the Mogollon Rim escarpment and onto the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau.

The Hohokam people had many settlements in the Gila and Salt River valleys of southern Arizona.

They built rectangular pit houses from earth, rather than stone, and lived in small villages. They cremated their dead and placed the ashes in a specially prepared pit Although the Hohokam relied a great deal on hunting and gathering, they also were skilled farmers and excellent engineers. They were a peaceful people who cooperated to build large canal networks. Some of their canals were over ten miles long and used gravity to control water flow and to flush out the silt.

Between the 7th and 14th centuries they built and maintained these extensive irrigation networks along the lower Salt and middle Gila rivers that rivaled the complexity of those used in the ancient Near East, Egypt, and China. These were constructed using relatively simple excavation tools, without the benefit of advanced engineering technologies.

These highly successful agricultural techniques produced a surplus of food. Villages and populations grew. Over the next 1500 years the Hohokam expanded their settlements into the Tucson Basin, then to the Phoenix area, and as far north as present-day Flagstaff.

The Physical Location Of The Ballcourt Is:

Near 75th Ave. and Dobbins Road, west of Laveen, Arizona.

It is about 500 feet South of Dobbins Road & about 500 feet East of 75th Ave.

There are a few remains of pueblos surrounding the intersection of Dobbins & 75th. Ave. You can see it from the paved road. Don't expect to see much. Don't trespass, it is private land.

If you are planning to visit the "Pueblo Jorge". And if you are coming from outside of Arizona, you could fly into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and then rent a car.

There are many hotels and motels in the area.

We have some links to Priceline.com on this page since they can arrange all of your air flights, hotels and car.

We also have some links to Altrec.com on this page since they are a good online source for any outdoor camping gear and clothing that you may need.

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