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Aztec West Ruin: Perishable Artifacts and Pottery from Excavations by the American Museum of Natural History

PROJECT Lori Reed. Laurie Webster.

Digital images of pottery and perishable items recovered from Earl Morris' excavations of Aztec West Ruin between 1916 and 1922. Although Morris' excavations at Aztec were extensive, his analysis and descriptions of the artifact assemblage were cursory. In 2003, Laurie Webster and Lori Stephens Reed began systematic analysis, documentation, and digital imaging of pottery and perishables from Morris' Aztec West Ruin collections housed at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY and...


Ceramic: McElmo Black-on-white, necked mug, AZRU1-817 (2011)

IMAGE Lori Reed.

McElmo Black-on-white, necked mug, Accession AZRU-00001 Catalog #817. Morris FS 3988. CULTURALLY SENSITIVE: NAGPRA ARTIFACT; ACCESS RESTRICTED. Analyzed by Lori Reed 2011. Temper is granular igneous rock suggesting manufacture at Aztec. Vessel is 95% complete. Measurements: 6.6 cm rim diameter, 4.2 cm diameter at neck, 7.5 cm height. Image AZRU1-817 A: right hand side of mug showing design. Image AZRU1-817 B: front view showing design. Image AZRU1-817 C: left hand side of mug showing...


Ceramic: Mesa Verde Black-on-white bowl AZRU8-2064 (2011)

IMAGE Lori Reed.

Mesa Verde Black-on-white, bowl. Accession AZRU-00008 Catalog #2064. Morris FS 3983. CULTURALLY SENSITIVE: NAGPRA ARTIFACT; ACCESS RESTRICTED. Analyzed by Lori Reed 2011. Granular igneous rock temper indicates local production. Measurements: 20 cm diameter, 9 cm height. Image AZRU8-2064 A: interior view. Image AZRU8-2064 B: exterior view with flash. Image AZRU8-2064 C: exterior view. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153(2) Burial 53, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of...


Perishable: Cedar Coil AZRU8-2807 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Cedar Coil, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2807. Morris FS 4032. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Large coil of juniper bark wrapped crosswise with same. Measurements: D 18.0 (outer), 4.0 (inner) CM. Image: AZRU8-2807 A: large coil of cedar bark wrapped crosswise with same. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of that in Room 136, just as the latter was...


Perishable: Corn Leaf Coil AZRU8-2884 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Corn Leaf Coil, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2884. Morris FS 4029. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Coil of corn leaves closely wrapped crosswise with strips of same. Measurements: D 12.5 (ext) 7.0 (int) CM. Image: AZRU8-2884 A: coil of corn leaves wrapped crosswise with strips of same. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of that in Room 136, just as...


Perishable: Corn Leaf Coil AZRU8-2885 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Corn Leaf Coil, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2885. Morris FS 4030. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Coil of corn leaves closely wrapped crosswise with strips of same. Measurements: D 17.0 (ext), 8.0 (int) CM. Image: AZRU8-2885 A: coil of corn leaves wrapped crosswise with same. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of that in Room 136, just as the latter...


Perishable: Cornhusk Package AZRU8-2786 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Cornhusk Package, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2786. Morris FS 4006-A. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Small cornhusk package bound crosswise with remnants of a cornhusk tie. Measurements: L 5.0, W 4.0, TH 1.5 CM. Images: AZRU8-2786 A: small cornhusk package with remnants of husk cross-tie. AZRU8-2786 B: other face. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation...


Perishable: Cornhusk Package AZRU8-2917 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Cornhusk Package, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2917. Morris FS 3655. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Cornhusk package consisting of layers of cornhusks bound at both ends with multiple wraps of narrow yucca strips tied in square knots. No obvious contents. Measurements: L 25.5, W 7.0, TH 5.0 CM. Image: AZRU8-2917 A: cornhusk package bound at both ends. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in...


Perishable: Cornhusk Tie AZRU8-2816 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Cornhusk Tie, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2816. Morris FS 4005. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Cornhusk tie composed of five pieces joined with four square knots. Measurements: L 50 CM. Image: AZRU8-2816 A: cornhusks tied together with square knots. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of that in Room 136, just as the latter was an extension of the...


Perishable: Cotton Cloth AZRU8-2719 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Cotton Cloth, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2719. Morris FS 4049. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Three fragments of cotton cloth seamed together. Includes sections of side and end selvages and hemmed ends. Measurements: L 13.0, W 19.5 CM. Images: AZRU8-2719 A: cotton cloth, 3 pieces stitched together. AZRU8-2719 B: detail of small piece of cloth, warps vertical. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse...


Perishable: Cotton Cloth AZRU8-2732 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Cotton Cloth, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog # 2732. Morris FS 4059. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Narrow strip of finely woven cotton plain-weave cloth, bright brick-red color. Almost certainly colored with hematite. Measurements: L 11.5, W 1.5 CM. Image: AZRU8-2732 A: bright red fragment of cotton plain-weave cloth. AZRU8-2732 B: detail of ends of yarns showing uneven coloration. AZRU8-2732 C: other face. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning...


Perishable: Hide Piece AZRU8-1780 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Hide Piece, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #1780. Morris FS 4093. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Small piece of hide pierced with a hide strip, the latter tied in an overhand knot. Measurements: L 8.0, W 1.9 CM. Image: AZRU8-1780 A: piece of hide pierced with hide strip. AZRU8-1780 B: other face. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of that in Room 136,...


Perishable: Hide Strips AZRU8-1779 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Hide Strips, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog # 1779. Morris FS 4092. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Three hide strips, two tied in square knots. The third has remnants of fur. Measurements: Not measured. Image: AZRU8-1779 A: hide strips. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of that in Room 136, just as the latter was an extension of the rubbish present in...


Perishable: Hoop fragment AZRU8-2642 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Hoop fragment, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2642. Morris FS 4086. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Two curved sticks wrapped crosswise with cut strips of broadleaf yucca. Remains of square knot. Stained purplish-red. Probably the remains of a hoop. Measurements: L 10.3, W 1.2 where wrapped CM. Image: AZRU8-2642 A: remains of willow hoop wrapped crosswise with yucca strips. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The...


Perishable: Leather Moccasin AZRU8-531 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Leather Moccasin, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #531. Morris FS 4094. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Leather moccasin sole with series of holes around perimeter, some containing stitches of hide strips. Square piece of hide stitched to heel. Large piece cut out of heel. Measurements: L 22.5, W 9.0, TH 0.2 CM. Image: AZRU8-530 A: sole of moccasin, upper surface. AZRU8-530 B: heel end, upper surface. AZRU8-531 C: sole of leather moccasin with piece cut out at heel, lower surface. AZRU8-531...


Perishable: Plaited Mat AZRU8-2912 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Plaited Mat, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2912. Morris FS 4023. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Large folded fragment of a plaited rush mat with an intricate selvage and rounded corner. About six smaller fragments are enclosed in the fold. Wider elements alternate with narrow ones in both directions. Measurements: L 30.0, W 25.0 CM (largest). Images: AZRU8-2912 A: Plaited Mat Fragment. AZRU8-2912 B: Detail. AZRU8-2912 C: Detail. AZRU8-2912 D: Detail. AZRU8-2912 E: Detail. Recovered from...


Perishable: Plaited Ring Basket AZRU1-1031 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Plaited Ring Basket, Accession AZRU-00001, Catalog #1031. Morris FS 4022. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Ring basket with two-color (black, natural) concentric diamond design. Measurements: D 19.0, H 4.5 CM. Image AZRU1-1031 A: two-color plaited ring basket with diamond design. Image AZRU1-1031 B: other face. Image AZRU1-1031 C: side view showing 3-strand twining with two-span floats. Image AZRU1-1031 D: square knot joining twining cords. Image AZRU1-1031 E: interior showing one-span...


Perishable: Plaited Sandal AZRU8-2821 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Plaited Sandal, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2821. Morris FS 4020. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Very long 2/2 plaited sandal, medium weave, toe missing, unusual heel finish (elements change alignment), pair of 2S-Z cords at heel. Measurements: L 27.5, W 11.5 CM. Images: AZRU8-2821 A: remains of 2-2 plaited sandal with heel straps. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in...


Perishable: Plant Coil AZRU8-2761 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Plant Coil, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2761. Morris FS 4069. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Coil of raw material. Measurements: D 6.0 CM. Images: AZRU8-2761 A: coil of plant material, possibly sumac or willow and leafy material. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of that in Room 136, just as the latter was an extension of the rubbish present in...


Perishable: Plant Fiber AZRU8-2846 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Plant Fiber, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2846. Morris FS 4012 . Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Mass of reddish-brown fiber, possibly apocynum. Some fibers appear to consist of narrow strips of bark. If apocynum, then color could be natural (undyed). Measurements: Not measured. Images: AZRU8-2846 A: mass of reddish-brown fiber, possibly apocynum. AZRU8-2846 B: close-up showing narrow strips of fiber. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room...


Perishable: Pot Rest AZRU8-2800 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Pot Rest, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2800. Morris FS 4027. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Plaited pot rest of truncated form. Ends of elements extend into center. Flattened. Measurements: Not measured. Images: AZRU8-2800 A: plaited pot rest, flattened. Note ends of elements in center. AZRU8-2800 B: side view showing probable truncated form. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was...


Perishable: Pot Rest AZRU8-2802 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Pot Rest, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2802 . Morris FS 4028. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Cornhusk pot rest. Decorative edge produced by twisting adjacent elements around each other. Measurements: D 16.0 (outer), 7.5 (inner) CM. Images: AZRU8-2802 A: cornhusk pot rest. AZRU8-2802 B: detail of decorative edge. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of...


Perishable: Pot Rest AZRU8-2804 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Pot Rest, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2804. Morris FS 4031. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Cornhusk pot rest. Decorative edge produced by twisting adjacent elements around each other. Measurements: D 15.0 (outer), 6.0 (inner) CM. Images: AZRU8-2804 A: cornhusk pot rest. AZRU8-2804 B: another view. AZRU8-2804 C: detail of decorative edge showing elements twisted around each other. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The...


Perishable: Pot Rest AZRU8-2809 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Pot Rest, Accession AZRU-0008, Catalog #2809. Morris FS 4025. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. 2/2 plaited pot rest of truncated form. Ends of elements extend into center. 2(2Z-S)Z yucca cordage is wrapped three times around constricted center. Measurements: D 13.0 (outer), 5.5 (inner) CM. Images: AZRU8-2809 A: 2-2 plaited pot rest of truncated form. AZRU8-2809 B: 2-2 plaited pot rest of truncated form. AZRU8-2809 C: other face. AZRU8-2809 C: side view showing cordage wrapped around middle....


Perishable: Pot Rest AZRU8-2812 (2006)

IMAGE Laurie Webster.

Pot Rest, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2812. Morris FS 4026. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. 2/2 plaited pot rest of truncated form. Measurements: D 11.3 (outer), 4.5 (inner) CM. Images: AZRU8-2812 A: 2-2 plaited pot rest of truncated form. AZRU8-2812 B: other face. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of that in Room 136, just as the latter was an...

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