EMAP (1999) Survey of Seco Drainage

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Author(s): Jennifer A. Brady

Year: 1999


During 1997 and 1998, EMAP excavations also began to include earlier sites dating to the Classic Period (A.D. 1000-1150). Prior to these excavations, the majority of comparative data from the Classic Period came from the Mimbres Valley and Upper Gila regions. Excavation at eastern Mimbres sites was a step toward understanding the Classic Period in the eastern Mimbres area. The excavations revealed many material similarities between Mimbres Valley and eastern Mimbres Classic Period sites (Brady and Clark 1998). One of the most pronounced differences, however, is that estimated population density in the eastern Mimbres area is much less than estimated population density for the Mimbres Valley during the Classic Period. The upland areas of the Rio Grande side drainages would not have been able to support dense populations dependent upon maize agriculture (Brady 1999).

The 1999 Seco survey was designed with several goals in mind. Our first objective was to document Classic period settlement on the Seco drainage, in an effort to expand our settlement data for the eastern Mimbres for this time period. Second, we wished to revisit Classic Period Palomas sites in order to recheck locations, maps, and to take ceramic collections from these sites. Our third overall objective was to identify Postclassic Period sites on the Seco to determine whether the Postclassic reorganization was widespread in the eastern Mimbres area.

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EMAP (1999) Survey of Seco Drainage. Jennifer A. Brady. EMAP Survey of Seco Drainage - 1999. 1999 ( tDAR id: 374756) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8DF6PZM

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min long: -107.428; min lat: 32.927 ; max long: -107.356; max lat: 32.982 ;

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