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Beyond the Dates: Reconstructing the Social Histories of Southeastern Utah Cliff Dwellings with Tom Windes

Author(s): Benjamin Bellorado

Year: 2015

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For over a dozen years, Tom Windes and his Woodrat crew have been scampering in and out of the canyons of the Cedar Mesa area, mapping hard to reach cliff dwellings and taking tree-ring samples from archaeological wood in intact structures. Beyond just obtaining tree-ring dates during this work, Tom has developed new dendroarchaeological sampling methods, trained a new generation of researchers in these techniques, and pushed the limits of standard tree-ring analysis and interpretative methodologies. More than just dating ancient structures, Tom and his colleagues are developing new ways of reconstructing the social histories of cliff dwellings and ancient communities in Southeastern Utah based on detailed architectural documentation, tree-ring dating of structural timbers, and landscape level analyses. This presentation outlines Tom's various contributions to the dendroarchaeological sciences, his undying support of a new generation of researchers, and some of the new methods Tom helped to inspire that are pushing and challenging interpretive frameworks of Southeastern Utah prehistory.

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Beyond the Dates: Reconstructing the Social Histories of Southeastern Utah Cliff Dwellings with Tom Windes. Benjamin Bellorado. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395284)


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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