The Micro Seriation of Chupadero Black-on-White

Author(s): Angel Pena; Sunnie Sartin; William Walker

Year: 2015


In this poster we examine the Chupadero Black on White ceramic tradition of the Jornada Magollon cultural area located in the American Southwest. In search of microstlylistic variations within the Chupadero Black on White, we argue that this ceramic tradition can be classified into smaller phases or styles for more exact dating methods. Examples of this type of practice has been demonstrated in the Mimbres Black on White ceramic tradition, which had been the only white wear of the cultural area that predominated sites prior to the introduction of Chupadero in the 1150’s. Such stylelistic variation could be determined, with the seriation of ceramic vessels or sherds from different Chupadero collections from sites of varying date rage. Some micorstlylistic motifs are recognizable in both whole vessels and sherds; this powerful cross dating tool for sites with Chupadero painted ceramics would aid archaeologists in better understanding temporal affiliation, trading habits and aid in better interpretations of site and objects’ life histories. We further suggest that the microstlyistic change should, at least, result in two distinct styles or phases, pre and post colonial contact styles.

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The Micro Seriation of Chupadero Black-on-White. Angel Pena, William Walker, Sunnie Sartin. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398149)

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