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Material Culture of Communities: Temporal and Spatial Patterns in the Material Culture of the Goodman Point Community

Author(s): Grant Coffey ; Jamie Merewether ; Kari Schleher

Year: 2015

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In this paper, we explore temporal and spatial patterns present in the material culture of the Goodman Point Community. The Goodman Point area of southwestern Colorado was home to ancestral Pueblo peoples from the A.D. 600s until depopulation of the broader region around A.D. 1280. Recent laboratory analyses by the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center have produced a large data set of the material culture within the later Goodman Point Community, including data on over 95,000 sherds and 75,000 lithic artifacts primarily dating from the A.D. 1000s through A.D. 1280. In this paper, we discuss this robust assemblage focusing on types of artifacts, including pottery, pottery tempering materials, stone tools, and exotics, to evaluate both contemporaneous and diachronic artifact patterns to assess social connections within the community and to other peoples further afield. These patterns are compared to other material signatures recorded for contemporary communities in the region, including the Sand Canyon Community.

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Material Culture of Communities: Temporal and Spatial Patterns in the Material Culture of the Goodman Point Community. Kari Schleher, Jamie Merewether, Grant Coffey. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396215)


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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