Archaeology of Bandelier National Monument: Village by Timothy A. Kohler

By Timothy A. Kohler

The pre-Hispanic pueblo settlements of the Pajarito Plateau, whose ruins might be visible at the present time at Bandelier nationwide Monument, date to the overdue 1100s and have been already death out while the Spanish arrived within the 16th century. till lately, little sleek medical information on those websites was once available.

The essays during this quantity summarize the result of new excavation and survey learn in Bandelier, with distinct recognition to picking why better websites look whilst and the place they do, and the way lifestyles in those later villages and cities differed from existence within the prior small hamlets that first dotted the Pajarito within the mid-1100s. Drawing on assets from archaeology, paleoethnobotany, geology, weather background, rock paintings, and oral background, the authors weave jointly the historical past of archaeology at the Plateau and the traditional and cultural background of its Puebloan peoples for the 4 centuries of its pre-Hispanic occupation.

Contributors comprise Craig Allen (U. S. Geological Survey, Los Alamos, New Mexico), Sarah Herr (Desert Archaeology, Inc., Tucson, Arizona), F. Joan Mathien (National Park Service), Matthew J. Root (Rain Shadow study and division of Anthropology, Washington Sate University), Nancy H. Olsen (Anthropology division and Intercultural reviews department, De Anza collage, Cupertino, California), Janet D. Orcutt (National Park Service), and Robert P. Powers (National Park Service).

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D. a and b; Snow ). While undated, relatively early grazing throughout low-elevation canyons in the Pajarito Plateau is indicated by the thick layers of sheep dung commonly found in natural caves and ancestral Puebloan cavates where sheep were penned by shepherds (personal observation; Smith ); these deposits extend at least from Sanchez Cañon to the Tsankawi area. Site-specific gaps in fire histories (when fire activity was anomalously low) during the pre-s period may indicate times of locally increased livestock grazing sufficient to disrupt the spread of local surface fires.

Closer still is the relationship between Tewa and Tiwa, implying a fairly recent split (Davis :–). Useful ethnographic sources for the Tewa include Ford () and Ortiz () for San Juan (Ortiz was himself a native of San Juan), Hill () for Santa Clara, Whitman () for San Ildefonso, and Parsons () and Dozier (a native of Santa Clara) () for their broader comparative studies. ” Parallel katsina societies with membership restricted to men and management societies, open to both men and women, generally exist within each moiety, and each moiety elects a cacique who assumes religious leadership of the pueblo for half the year.

In conjunction with our estimates of site size from architectural information, these estimates of artifact populations are useful in helping us estimate the duration of occupation for probabilistically sampled sites. This information in turn has been used by Janet Orcutt (a) to estimate the probable duration of occupation for other sites in the monument, and the information we collected on the dating of ceramics from tree-rings and archaeomagnetic determinations during the first three years of excavation was also used by Orcutt (b) to help place the survey sites into periods on the basis of their surface ceramics.

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