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

PROJECT [ID: 365184] 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...


Aztec West Ruin: Perishables and Pottery from Various National Park Service Projects and Collections

PROJECT [ID: 368165] Uploaded by: Lori Reed

This project includes images of perishable artifacts (textiles, basketry, etc.) and pottery recovered from Aztec Ruins during the course of numerous National Park Service (NPS) projects. Some of the artifacts were donated to the NPS and may have originated at sites other than Aztec Ruins. The artifacts are part of the NPS collections and are housed at either Aztec Ruins National Monument, Hibben Center at the University of New Mexico, or Western Archeology and Conservation Center. Most of the...


Ceramic: Mesa Verde Black-on-white, mug, AZRU1-855 (2011)

IMAGE [ID: 374567] Lori Reed.

Mesa Verde Black-on-white mug, Accession AZRU-00001 Catalog #855. Morris FS 3122. CULTURALLY SENSITIVE: NAGPRA ARTIFACT; ACCESS RESTRICTED. Analyzed by Lori Reed 2011. 100% complete. Measurements: 7.4 cm diameter, 8.5 cm height. Sherd and granular igneous rock temper indicating local production. Image AZRU1-855 A: top view showing painted rim design. Image AZRU1-855 B: view of base showing wear around outer edge (base is slightly concave and wear is on outer edge). Image AZRU1-855 C: exterior...


Ceramic: Mudware pinch pots, AMNH 29.0/9595, 9596, 9597 (2004)

IMAGE [ID: 374078] Lori Reed.

Untempered mudware, 3 pinch pots, Accession 29.0, Catalog #9595 (Morris FS 3080), #9596 (Morris FS 3081), and #9597 (Morris FS 3082). Analyzed by Lori Reed 2004. Untempered and very silty paste. Image AMNH 29.0/9595, 9596, 9597: pinch pots (a. 9595; b. 9596; c. 9597). Note: pinch pot 9596 (b) was constructed and then crushed prior to drying. Recovered from Earl Morris excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When...


Perishable: Braided Cloth AMNH 29.0/9442 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374546] Laurie Webster.

Braided Cloth, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9442. Morris FS 2926. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Braided, plain-woven cotton cloth strips. Image: AMNH 29.0/9442A: braided cloth strips. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139 from Room 143, the condition of the ceiling...


Perishable: Coiled Basket AMNH 29.0/9502 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374605] Laurie Webster.

Coiled Basket, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9502. Morris FS 2986. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Start of a one-rod coiled sumac basket with intricate stitch. Image: AMNH 29.0/9502 A: start of one-rod basket with intricate stitch. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139...


Perishable: Cordage AMNH 29.0/9495 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374601] Laurie Webster.

Cordage, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9495. Morris FS 2979. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Plied, wrapped, knotted yucca and turkey-feather cordage, square knot, 2S-Z. Image: AMNH 29.0/9495A: feather cordage tied in square knot. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139...


Perishable: Cordage with Adobe AMNH 29.0/9623 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374609] Laurie Webster.

Cordage with Adobe, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9623. Morris FS 3108. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Plied, wrapped yucca and turkey-feather cordage threaded through adobe piece. Image: AMNH 29.0/9623A: adobe threaded with quill-wrapped cordage. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading...


Perishable: Cotton Cloth AMNH 29.0/9445 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374549] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Cloth, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9445. Morris FS 2929. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Brown 1/1 plain weave cotton cloth. Image: AMNH 29.0/9445A: large piece of brown plain-weave cotton cloth. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139 from Room 143, the condition of...


Perishable: Cotton Cloth AMNH 29.0/9446 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374550] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Cloth, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9446. Morris FS 2930. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Fragment of 1/1 plain-weave red cotton cloth with end selvage. Images: AMNH 29.0/9446A: fragment of red plain-weave cotton cloth with end selvage. AMNH 29.0/9446B: close-up of end selvage. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed...


Perishable: Cotton Cloth AMNH 29.0/9447 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374551] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Cloth, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9447. Morris FS 2931. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Fragment of 1/1 plain-weave cotton cloth. Images: AMNH 29.0/9447A: plain-weave cotton cloth. AMNH 29.0/9447B: reverse face showing slightly knotted corner. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door...


Perishable: Cotton Cloth AMNH 29.0/9448 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374552] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Cloth, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9448. Morris FS 2932. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Cotton fabric, 1/1 plain weave, with twined-stitch embroidery. Images: AMNH 29.0/9448A: plain-weave cotton cloth with row of twined-stitch embroidery. AMNH 29.0/9448B: close-up of twined-stitch embroidery. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of...


Perishable: Cotton Cloth AMNH 29.0/9449 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374553] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Cloth, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9449. Morris FS 2933. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Cotton fabric, 1/1 plain weave, with twined-stitch embroidery. Images: AMNH 29.0/9449A: plain-weave cotton cloth with row of twined-stitch embroidery. AMNH 29.0/9449B: close-up of twined-stitch embroidery. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of...


Perishable: Cotton Cloth AMNH 29.0/9451 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374555] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Cloth, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9451. Morris FS 2935. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Strip of 1/1 plain weave cotton cloth with red coloration (perhaps painted). Images: AMNH 29.0/9451A: narrow strip of plain-weave cotton cloth with red coloration. AMNH 29.0/9451B: detail of red coloration 1. AMNH 29.0/9451C: detail of large overhand knot 2. AMNH 29.0/9451D: detail of red coloration. AMNH 29.0/9451E: detail of large overhand knot. AMNH 29.0/9451F: detail of two small overhand...


Perishable: Cotton Cloth AMNH 29.0/9452 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374556] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Cloth, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9452. Morris FS 2936. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Fragment of 1/1 plain weave cotton cloth. Image: AMNH 29.0/9452A: small fragment of plain-weave cotton cloth. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139 from Room 143, the...


Perishable: Cotton Fabric AMNH 29.0/9443 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374547] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Fabric, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9443. Morris FS 2927. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Brown cotton fabric with button-like attachments, 1/1 plain weave, twined-stitch embroidery. Images: AMNH 29.0/9443A: brown cotton plain-weave fabric with button like attachments. AMNH 29.0/9443B: close-up of button like attachments 1. AMNH 29.0/9443C: close-up of button like attachments 2. AMNH 29.0/9443D: close-up of reverse face of button like attachments, showing stitching. AMNH 29.0/9443E:...


Perishable: Cotton Fabric AMNH 29.0/9444 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374548] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Fabric, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9444. Morris FS 2927. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Cotton fabric with button like attachments, 1/1 plain weave, twined-stitch embroidery. Images: AMNH 29.0/9444A: plain-weave cotton fabric with button like attachment. AMNH 29.0/9444B: close-up of button like attachment. AMNH 29.0/9444C: reverse face showing method of attachment 1. AMNH 29.0/9444D: reverse face showing method of attachment 2. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Aztec West...


Perishable: Cotton Fabric AMNH 29.0/9453 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374557] Laurie Webster.

Cotton Fabric, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9453. Morris FS 2937. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Deteriorated remains of cotton 2/1 striped red, brown, and white twill weave fabric. Images: AMNH 29.0/9453A: deteriorated remains of 2-1 striped twill fabric. AMNH 29.0/9453B: reverse face with 1-span floats. AMNH 29.0/9453C: close-up of face with 2-span floats. AMNH 29.0/9453D: close-up of face with 1-span floats. AMNH 29.0/9453E: close-up of red, brown, and white wefts exposed at edge of...


Perishable: Cotton with Seed AMNH 29.0/9399 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374543] Laurie Webster.

Cotton with Seed, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9399. Morris FS 2884. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Cotton fiber enclosing seed. Image: AMNH 29.0/9399A: cotton fiber enclosing seed. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139 from Room 143, the condition of the ceiling dictated...


Perishable: Feather Object AMNH 29.0/9563 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374608] Laurie Webster.

Feather Object, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9563. Morris FS 3047. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Wand like object of stitched feathers. Images: AMNH 29.0/9563A: wand like object of stitched feathers. AMNH 29.0/9563B: other face of feather object. AMNH 29.0/9563C: another view of stitching elements of probable quill strips used to join feather quills. Note square knot. AMNH 29.0/9563D: side view showing stitching element emerging from side of feather 1. AMNH 29.0/9563E: side view showing ...


Perishable: Plaited Bag AMNH 29.0/9464 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374592] Laurie Webster.

Plaited Bag, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9464. Morris FS2948. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Plaited rush and yucca fiber bag with tapered mouth, 2/2 twill. Image: AMNH 29.0/9464A: plaited rush bag. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139 from Room 143, the condition of the...


Perishable: Plaited Mat AMNH 29.0/9467 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374593] Laurie Webster.

Plaited Mat, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9467. Morris FS 2951. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Plaited 2/2 twill rush mat with intricate selvage. Image: AMNH 29.0/9467A: large section of mat with intricate selvage. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139 from Room 143, the...


Perishable: Plaited Object AMNH 29.0/9474 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374595] Laurie Webster.

Plaited Object, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9474. Morris FS 2958. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Plaited, irregular weave, yucca leaf object. Image: AMNH 29.0/9474A: plaited object. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139 from Room 143, the condition of the ceiling dictated...


Perishable: Plaited Object AMNH 29.0/9475 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374596] Laurie Webster.

Plaited Object, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9475. Morris FS 2959. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Sheath-like 1/1 oblique plaited yucca and reed? object. Image: AMNH 29.0/9475A: plaited sheath-like object. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 139, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which sealed the north side of the door leading into Room 139 from Room 143, the condition...


Perishable: Plaited Sandal AMNH 29.0/9459 (2006)

IMAGE [ID: 374588] Laurie Webster.

Plaited Sandal, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #9459. Morris FS 2943. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Distorted plaited sandal, yucca leaf, 1/1 oblique plaiting. Images: AMNH 29.0/9459A: large 1-1 plaited sandal, distorted, upper face. AMNH 29.0/9459B: large 1-1 plaited sandal, distorted, lower face. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 139 at the time of excavation is as follows: “When the writer broke through the veneer of masonry which...

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