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Architectural Wood Use in Chaco Kivas

Author(s): Erin Baxter ; Stephen Lekson ; Catherine Cameron

Year: 2015

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Summary

The architecture of Chacoan kivas was markedly unlike far more numerous non-Chacoan kivas. While Chaco is famous for its stone masonry, we focus here on wood use, and specifically on radial beam pilasters and wainscoting. Both are enigmatic and, consequently, both have often been overlooked during excavation and sometimes even removed in modern stabilization. But when the kivas were in use these features would have been dominant, eye-level aspects of kiva interiors. Using examples from Chaco Canyon, Bluff Great House, Aztec Ruins and Chimney Rock, we explore the construction, function, and symbolism of these distinctively Chacoan features.

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Architectural Wood Use in Chaco Kivas. Stephen Lekson, Erin Baxter, Catherine Cameron. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395278)


Keywords

General
Chaco kiva

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America