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As cars travel between National Parks such as Chaco Canyon and Aztec to Mesa Verde, they pass directly over the remains of buildings from the same era. This highway passes directly over structures dating to AD 600 and AD 1000.

Wooden posts driven into the ground define points along north-south and east-west grid lines at the SAK site. These points identify the corners of excavation units, enabling accurate mapping of artifacts, hearths, structural remains, and other cultural features.

Careful, labor-intensive, hand excavation of a pit structure at the Spurgeon Draw site allows excavators to record more detailed observations of investigations than were possible in the early days of the Highway Archaeology program.