Twin Pines: Looking Beyond Mimbres Valley


The Twin Pines site, located in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico, is a large Mimbres site that shows signs of multiple occupational periods spanning the Late Pithouse Phase (AD 550-1000) through the Mimbres Classic phase (AD 1000-1130). On the basis of recent mapping and reconnaissance, the Twin Pines site can provide crucial information about the Mimbres culture. First, it is a large Mimbres site which lies farther north of the extensively studied Mimbres Valley and most other sites of the same period. Investigating the site allows us to understand the interaction and affiliation between the people from Chaco Canyon and the Mimbres areas. Second, the site is a source of several interesting artifacts, including copper bells, a copper effigy, an abundance of turquoise, and obsidian flakes. Tracing these artifacts to their source allows us to understand and reconstruct trade between people in the Upper Gila and other areas in the American Southwest. Finally, the site is of interest because it features rock art panels, which include several mortar holes. Understanding these features allows us to better understand the social landscapes and how people interacted in the Mimbres region.

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Twin Pines: Looking Beyond Mimbres Valley. Sunnie Sartin, Winona Patterson, Kristen Corl, Todd Scarbrough, Angel Pena. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397904)

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Mapping Mimbres Survey

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

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