1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Hohokam culture


Definition: The Hohokam culture is the name given to farming people of the American southwest between AD 200 and 1450. Their sites are found throughout the Sonoran Desert of central Arizona, along the Salt and Gila Rivers. Crops farmed by the Hohokam included beans, corn, amaranth, agave, and barley; their skills included the construction of irrigation and diversion canals. The Hohokam are known for some Central American traits, such as the ball court. The archaeologist most associated with Hohokam is Emil Haury; sites of the Hohokam include Snaketown and Casa Grande.

Be sure to try your hand at the Hohokam Trivia Quiz.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.