Message #410:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Linda Vista Trincheras
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 1996 06:28:35 -0700
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[ Brief Clipped from
  on 12/16/96 -- SASIG Ed. ]

Vista Hill, in the Tucson Mountains, is just one of a score of small
villages that once were inhabited by the desert dwelling Hohokams. But
unlike the other arcaeological sites, the site on Linda Vista Hill,
which has more than 200 stone walls and at least 100 house built below
the summit, is one of six known as cerros de trincheras. All six of
these sites were built on hills of basalt, dark volcanic rock, and from
each of the six hilltops, the other five sites are visible. Since the
discovery of the tricheras, the question of why they were built is still
being puzzled over. The most popular answer is one of defensive refuges
in wartime. But that doesn't account for why the most of the sites are
built facing north or northwest. In an agreement between a local
developer and the Archaeological Conservancy, the questions can be
puzzled over into the next century. Casa Royale Builders owned a 37-acre
sited from Silverbell Road to the top of Linda Vista Hill. In order to
build 32 homes near the base of the hill, the developer needed a
rezoning from the town of Marana. In exchange for the rezoning, the
developer donated about 17 acres, which includes the area around the
summit of the hill, to the Conservancy, said Ken Ryan, on of the Casa
Royale owners. (Arizona Daily Star)