Monsoon season has arrived in the US Southwest, a good time to ponder the logistical achievements of Native tribes of the past. During the period from 600 CE - 1450 CE the Hohokam established a complex canal system that reliably harnessed scarce water sources, enabling their communities to thrive for centuries. It encompassed an area of roughly 100,000 acres within the Salt River basin in what is now the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona. It is North America's largest prehistoric irrigation canal system.
To learn more about this vast array of archaeological features, enjoy some short videos (less than 2 minutes each) presented by the City of Phoenix in their "Ancient Waterways" series and featuring local archaeologists:
September 21, 2018 - ANCIENT WATERWAYS | Masters of Water in the Desert
October 8, 2018 - ANCIENT WATERWAYS | Humans Haven't Changed Much
June 25, 2019 - ANCIENT WATERWAYS | The Importance of Irrigation to the Hohokam
June 25, 2019 - ANCIENT WATERWAYS | Hohokam Engineers
October 8, 2019 - The Largest Prehistoric Canal System is in Arizona | Ancient Waterways