Homol'ovi: A Gathering Place

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)

In 1985 the Homol'ovi Research Program (HRP) was established at Arizona State Museum (ASM) to focus on the late prehispanic occupation of the middle Little Colorado River valley as expressed in the aggregated villages of the Homol'ovi Settlement Cluster. In 2011 research expanded to study use of the landscape going back to Basketmaker II to provide context to the large, late pueblos. This symposium presents recent analyses and syntheses of the extensive body of research conducted by ASM for the past 30 years. The symposium will represent the diverse research initiatives of HRP including identity of groups who established and populated the late 13th/14th century villages; the materiality of depopulation and room closure; social and ritual construction, practice and material expression; the pre-aggregation social landscape; regional exchange; innovation and the role of new technologies in community building.

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  • Access, Accumulation, and Action: The Relationship between Architectural and Depositional Patterns at Homol’ovi I (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Samantha Fladd.

    Throughout its occupation, Homol’ovi I, a Pueblo IV site in northeastern Arizona, underwent continuous alteration reflecting the movement of groups both internally and externally. The constant attention to rebuilding, redirecting, and resurfacing rooms and the meticulous patterning of depositional material within structures indicate a continued endeavor to reform the built environment to better reflect the identities, needs, and memories of the current residents. In order to analyze the...

  • Back in Time: Research at Rock Art Ranch (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only E Adams. Samantha Fladd. Richard Lange. Claire Barker.

    In 2011 the Homol’ovi Research Program (HRP) launched a fieldschool at Rock Art Ranch (RAR) 8 km south of Chevelon Pueblo and nearly 25 km from the Homol’ovi core (Homol’ovi I-IV) to investigate (1) the relationship of the many small pueblos in the area to those occupied at the same time in the core Homol’ovi area and ultimately to the large Pueblo IV villages; (2) the location and age of sites associated with the major petroglyph panels at The Steps in Chevelon Canyon generally dating...

  • Ceramics and Social Identity at RAR-2: A Pueblo III period site near Winslow, Arizona. (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Byron Estes. Claire S. Barker. Vincent M. La Motta.

    RAR-2 is a small Pueblo III period site located on private land outside of Winslow, Arizona. Excavations in 2011-12 by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Arizona Field School at Rock Art Ranch have revealed the production of local utility ware, Rock Art Ranch utility ware, in addition to a variety of imported, non-local utility wares, including Tusayan Gray ware, Mogollon Brown ware, and Puerco Valley utility ware. This study analyses the technological style of the...

  • Communities of Practice and Corrugated Pottery at Chevelon Ruin (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Claire Barker.

    During the A.D. 1200s and 1300s, the Colorado Plateau experienced widespread, large-scale migration and the subsequent aggregation of groups into large Pueblo communities. During this period, people migrated to the Homol'ovi area, aggregating into seven large pueblo settlements. The demographic upheaval resulting from this large-scale population movement brought diverse individual and group identities into contact and, potentially, conflict. Chevelon Ruin, one of the aggregated settlements that...

  • Community Spaces at Pueblo III Pithouse Villages in Northeastern Arizona (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Lisa Young.

    Southwestern archaeologists identify the pithouse-to-pueblo transition as a fundamental change in the social and economic organization of small-scale farming communities. This interpretation implies that pithouse villages were organized differently than pueblos. In northeastern Arizona, pithouses were used after this transition and were the preferred form of housing in certain areas, such as Homol’ovi during the A.D. 1100s. However, systematic research on these "out of phase" pithouse villages...

  • The Homol’ovi Settlement Cluster (ca. A.D. 1260–1400): Reconstructing Environment and Ancient Hopi Lifeways through Charred Botanical Remains (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Heather Miljour. Karen R. Adams.

    The Homol’ovi settlement cluster, a group of Hopi villages occupied A.D. 1260–1400, shared common utilization of a wide range of wild and domesticated plants for both subsistence and non-subsistence needs. Inhabitants had an extremely well-rounded and informed view of the plant world that surrounded them, as well as plant resources obtained from afar. The ubiquity of domesticates in the archaeological record indicates a heavy reliance on agriculture for food, household items, clothing, fuel, and...

  • The Multi-Kiva Site: A new perspective on the Pueblo III period occupation of the middle Little Colorado River valley (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Krystal Britt. Richard Lange.

    Previous research in the middle Little Colorado River valley of Northern Arizona has characterized the Pueblo III period (1125-1275 C.E.) as dominated by dispersed pithouse villages which were later replaced by the aggregated cluster of masonry pueblos at Homol’ovi. Recent survey and excavation in this region shed new light on the occupation and land use of the middle Little Colorado River valley prior to Pueblo IV. The landscape is dotted with mid-sized pueblos that may have acted as...

  • Ritual Practice and Exchange in the Late Prehispanic Western Pueblo Region: Insights from the Distribution and Deposition of Turquoise at Homol’ovi I (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Saul Hedquist.

    Archaeological and ethnographic evidence demonstrate the importance of turquoise among past and present Pueblo groups. In this paper I examine the social uses of turquoise and other blue-green minerals at Homol’ovi I, a late prehispanic Hopi village and the most intensively excavated site within the Homol’ovi Settlement Cluster. I explore intra-site patterns of deposition (i.e., the content and context of turquoise deposits) and stylistic variation among objects in an effort to identify...