SAN CAYETANO DEL TUMACACORI:
THE NATIVE SETTLEMENT ENCOUNTERED BY FATHER KINO
CHARLES DI PESO THOUGHT THAT HE HAD FOUND THE NATIVE SETTLEMENT OF SAN CAYETANO BUT LATER
RESEARCH HAS DISCREDITED THIS POSTION. THE PALOPARADO SITE IS NOW KNOWN TO DATE TO THE
PREHISTORIC PERIOD. MOREOVER DI PESO'S SITE WAS POSITIONED ON THE INCORRECT SIDE OF THE
RIVER.

SINCE THEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAS BEEN CONDUCTED ALONG THIS RIVER, (SEYMOUR 1993)
REVEALING THE LOCATION OF SEVERAL SOBAIPURI SITES WHERE DI PESO THOUGHT THERE MUST BE JUST
TWO. HE THOUGHT THERE WOULD ONLY BE TWO (GUEVAVI AND ONE SAN CAYETANO) BECAUSE ONLY TWO
WERE MENTIONED IN THE DOCUMENTARY RECORD.

ANOTHER SITE HAS BEEN LOCATED THAT IS THOUGHT TO BE THE MOST LIKLEY CANDIDATE FOR THIS SITE
BECAUSE IT IS ON THE CORRECT (EAST) SIDE OF THE RIVER, IT DATES TO THE CORRECT TIME PERIOD, AND
CONTAINS HISTORIC PERIOD ARTIFACTS.
ALSO, EVIDENCE OF WHITEWASH IS PRESENT ON THIS SITE, SUGGESTING A SPANISH PRESENCE. KINO HAD
MENTIONED THE DESIRE TO WHITEWASH THE "NEAT LITTLE HOUSE AND CHURCH" AT GUEVAVI IN 1701,
SUGGESTING THAT THIS WAS A COMMON FINISHING TECHNIQUE DURING THE EARLY COLONIAL PERIOD IN
SOUTHERN ARIZONA. THE PRESENCE OF WHITEWASH DEBRIS AT SAN CAYETANO SUGGESTS A SPANISH
PRESENCE BECAUSE THIS WAS NOT A INDIGENOUS TECHNIQUE.

MORE CAN BE READ ABOUT THIS SITE AND EVIDENCE FOR ITS IDENTIFICATION IN San Cayetano del
Tumacacori, Seymour 2007.

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