Relations in the Zuni Region: A Comparative Study of Ceramics

Author(s): Elizabeth Newcomb

Year: 2015


In the Cibola region of the American southwest, the Pueblo III to Pueblo IV transition saw a major increase in the local production of red ware and polychrome vessels. In addition, the period is characterized by a dramatic increase in ceramic decorative style diversity in the Cibola region. In this poster, I present evidence for shifts in settlement patterns and community organization, including collective actions and social transformations in the Zuni region during the Pueblo III and Pueblo IV periods. Specifically, I address ceramic variation of design elements on the exterior portion of White Mountain Red Ware bowls. The evidence from this variation suggests a concerted reorganization in the Zuni region from AD 1200-1500. Through analysis of design motifs in the ceramic assemblages from the Sandstone Hill Pueblo Ruin and the Zuni Airport Project (NM:12:L3:141), I investigate the interaction between potters residing at local sites to potters in the broader region.

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Relations in the Zuni Region: A Comparative Study of Ceramics. Elizabeth Newcomb. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398170)

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Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

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