Virgin River 8 is made up of nine small sites located mostly on the ridges above the floodplain. Typical of most of the areas along the Muddy and Virgin Rivers, these nine sites are made up of either pit houses or pueblos. Also along this same section of the river we found several circular depressions, which did not look like a collapsed pit house, but resembled a sleeping area that we have seen in other areas. We also located an usual looking pit. It resembles a pit house, but looks like a roasting pit or it could be a big hole in the gravel.
Most of the sites that we found along this portion of the Virgin River consisted of pit houses or pueblos with associated storage areas. The average dates of the sites in this area are between 300 BC and AD 1150.
A brief description: The descriptions below of pit houses and pueblos are the textbook descriptions of what you would normally see in southern Nevada. Please keep in mind that we are looking at the top layer of what’s left, and we cannot go below that layer so we have to make generalizations about what we are observing.
Pit House: The ruins of a pit house will usually present itself as a circle with a depression in the center. The depression is where the roof collapsed in on itself. You will normally not see a rock ring or circle of rocks around the upper edge of the pit house.
Pueblo ruins: Can be square, round or circular, or rectangular, and may or may not be connected with other pueblos. In Nevada they are normally single story unlike their counterparts in the four corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona which can be multiple stories. The ruins will normally present themselves as a square, circular, or rectangular rock patterns or outlines on the ground, and they may or may not be connected to each other.