Architectural Specialization in Basketmaker III Proto-Villages

Author(s): Grace Erny; Shanna Diederichs; Aryel Rigano

Year: 2015


The foundations of Ancestral Pueblo community organization were codified in aggregated communities during the Basketmaker III Period (A.D. 500-725). This study compares morphological differences in public architecture and habitation pit structures at several aggregated sites in the Northern San Juan Region to reveal functional specialization of space associated with both long-term habitation and periodic communal gathering behavior. This specialization may reflect the primary social institutions at the household, settlement, and community levels during Basketmaker III. These patterns are then compared with specialization of structures identified at aggregated Basketmaker III sites in other regions in order to identify the origins of the Northern San Juan Basketmaker III population.

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Architectural Specialization in Basketmaker III Proto-Villages. Shanna Diederichs, Grace Erny, Aryel Rigano. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396219)

Spatial Coverage

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