Communities of Practice and Corrugated Pottery at Chevelon Ruin

Author(s): Claire Barker

Year: 2015


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 comprise the Homol'ovi settlement cluster, was occupied from A.D. 1285-1400. Like the other six settlements in the Homol'ovi area, occupants of Chevelon Ruin produced both decorated Winslow Orange Ware and Homol'ovi Utility Ware. Through analysis of locally produced utilitarian corrugated pottery, this research will investigate the relationship between social identity, artifact style, and communities of practice at the site of Chevelon Ruin. By exploring the presence, extent, and significance of standardization in manufacturing methods within this production area, we will gain a better understanding of community composition and organization at the site of Chevelon Ruin.

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Communities of Practice and Corrugated Pottery at Chevelon Ruin. Claire Barker. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395417)

Spatial Coverage

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