Over time, the Hohokam changed their style of construction from isolated pithouses to oblong huts to multiple buildings enclosed by a wall. Modern reconstructions of the later types of homes can be seen at Pueblo Grande Museum. Even after adobe compounds became widespread in villages, families still may have used brush huts near their fields.
The O'odham (the inheritors of the Hohokam region, called Pimas and Papagos by white explorers and settlers) continued to build brush huts as late as the twentieth century. Pithouses were sunk into the ground far enough to be cooler than the surrounding sunlit areas, and their brush coverings could be renewed as needed. Many of the same characteristics of O'odham family clusters and shaded workspaces have been found in excavations of the much earlier Hohokam settlements.
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