Second phase of settlement represented in the Tehuacán Valley of Mexico and dating to the period 7000–5000 bc. Characterized by numerous small camps and relatively few larger wet‐season camps situated in the lush river valleys. Deer hunting was a major subsistence activity, especially during the dry season. Trapping small game and gathering seeds and cactus leaves also contributed to the diet. During this phase there is some evidence of steps being made towards agriculture: squash, amaranth, chilli pepper, and avocado may have been planted.