Ornamental Objects

Part of the Dolores Archaeological Program project

Year: 1985

Summary

Designation in this project as "ornament" was utilized to classify items that held some sort of special value to the residents of the Dolores study area, including items such as beads and pendants made from turquoise, jet, bone, and shell. Such artifacts are considered significant because they were traded over very long distances and used in ritual as well as mortuary contexts. These objects can show the extent of trading relations, and allow for the recognition and documentation of possible elite burials. Ornamental objects possess three basic characteristics: they are valuable, often inherited, and have a long life in the cultural system.

The data presented here is a representation of the ornaments collected from 1978 to 1981 found through excavation and survey. The categories used to organize this data are described in the metadata for this dataset. The information provided above and more specific information on ornamental records throughout the DAP reports are available in Wilshusen et al. (1999); see especially the section entitled "Ornaments, Rare Rocks, and Miscellaneous" by Judy Newland in Chapter 3.

Cite this Record

Ornamental Objects. 1985 ( tDAR id: 6250) ; doi:10.6067/XCV84F1PG3

Data Set Structure

Measurement Column
Count Column
Coded Column
Filename Column
Integration Column (has Ontology)

Table Information: dap-ornmt10

Column Name Data Type Type Category Coding Sheet Ontology
ornshape Defines the range of shapes of which an ornament may be constructed; disc, tubular, rectangle, etc.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
ornmod Defines the range of modifications that could be done to an object; polished, drilled, incised, etc.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
ornmaterial The material of which an ornament is constructed; shell, bone, ceramic, etc.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
ornform The form of the ornament, as defined in nine categories: bead, pendent, bracelet, etc.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
ornburning Indicates whether an item was burned and to what extent.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
spefid1 The range of materials of which an ornament can be made; jet, bone, shell, etc.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
cobjectid The Anasazi Heritage Center has given each specimen three unique codes, including cobjectid, to facilitate management of their DAP collections. Since this value is used in association with the AHC ARGUS database for tracking the location of a record, it is important for any researcher requesting objects from the curator.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Lookup none none
width This variable provides the width of each item in millimeters, but does not include a description of how the measurement was taken.
BIGINT  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
csiteid The Anasazi Heritage Center has given each specimen three unique codes, including csiteid, to facilitate management of their DAP collections. This value denotes the entry's corresponding Smithsonian site number.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
design The design type of an ornament.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
condtn1 Denotes the condition of the ornamental object; whether it was found in whole or partial condition.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
stco To obtain a full site designation for any entry, append the Smithsonian site number to this variable.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context : Horizontal Location none none
form1 Two additional forms of ornaments.
BIGINT  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
thick This variable provides the thickness of each item in millimeters, but does not include a description of how the measurement was taken.
BIGINT  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
length This variable provides the length of each item in millimeters, but does not include a description of how the measurement was taken.
BIGINT  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
itemno Item number.
BIGINT  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
fs The most basic type of provenience data recorded for all information obtained during DAP fieldwork is the field specimen number. These values are sequentially assigned to unique vertical and horizontal locations within each site that are also meaningful from the viewpoint of the DAP research program.
BIGINT  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none
site Site number refers only to the sequential position of a site within a single Smithsonian state and county designation. To obtain a full site number for any entry, this value must be appended to the Smithsonian state and county designation.
BIGINT  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context : Horizontal Location none none
caccnid The Anasazi Heritage Center has given each specimen three unique codes, including caccnid, to facilitate management of their DAP collections. The first digits of this value indicates the year that it was accessioned.
DOUBLE  Uncoded Value Lookup : Other none none
cdept The Anasazi Heritage Center has given each specimen three unique codes, including cdept, to facilitate management of their DAP collections. This value indicates the tool department to which each record belongs.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Lookup none none
catno A unique catalog item number used for identification in the laboratory.
BIGINT  Uncoded Value Lookup : Other none none
pl The point location variable is a subdivision of the field specimen number that denotes an item or group of items of a significant type and/or context.
VARCHAR  Uncoded Value Provenience and Context none none

Spatial Coverage

min long: -108.59; min lat: 37.47 ; max long: -108.5; max lat: 37.57 ;

Record Identifiers

Bureau of Reclamation(s): 8-07-40-S0562

Source Collections

DAP collections are curated at the Anasazi Heritage Center, Dolores, CO.

File Information

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  • Translated version dap-ornmt10_translated.xls (102.50kb)
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