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"Where the Mountains Meet the Plains": Plains-Pueblo Connections on the Park and Chaquaqua Plateaus During the Diversification Period, AD 1050-1450

Author(s): Sara Cullen

Year: 2015

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Summary

The Park and Chaquaqua Plateaus—politically bisected by the Colorado-New Mexico state line—are distinctive geographical features that demarcate the transition from the Rocky Mountains to the Llano Estacado and High Plains. Regional archaeology has emphasized interpretation of sites as part of a cultural demarcator between the Northern Rio Grande Pueblos and residents of the Southern and Central Plains. Yet there has been limited work to examine local, between-household interactions and the effects of increasing trade, conflict, and movement in those regions during the Late Pre-Colombian Period. Utilizing decades of archaeological undertakings in southeastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico, this paper will focus on Sopris, Apishapa, and Cimarron sites of the Diversification Period (AD 1050-1450) and their material record as a case study for questions surrounding the concept of a "cultural frontier."

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"Where the Mountains Meet the Plains": Plains-Pueblo Connections on the Park and Chaquaqua Plateaus During the Diversification Period, AD 1050-1450. Sara Cullen. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397606)


Keywords

General
Interaction

Geographic Keywords
North America - Plains


Spatial Coverage

min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America