Transformation in Daily Activity at Tsama Pueblo, New Mexico

Author(s): Scott Ortman; Kaitlyn Davis

Year: 2015


This paper analyzes the artifact assemblage from Tsama, an ancestral Tewa community along the Rio Chama in north-central New Mexico. This site was excavated by Florence Hawley-Ellis during a field school in 1970, but basic analyses of the resulting collections were only completed recently by the laboratory at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center as part of a project investigating Tewa origins. We present the results of these analyses and compare the artifact assemblage from Tsama with that of Sand Canyon Pueblo, a 13th century site in southwest Colorado, to examine the continuities and changes in daily practice that accompanied migration from the Four Corners region to the northern Rio Grande. We also examine the degree to which differences in artifact assemblages reflect changes in social organization, as expressed in the differing community plans of these two sites.

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Transformation in Daily Activity at Tsama Pueblo, New Mexico. Kaitlyn Davis, Scott Ortman. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397599)

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