Ancestral Pueblo Site Distribution Data from Los Alamos National Laboratory on the Pajarito Plateau


The Pajarito Plateau of northern New Mexico has been a place of significant archaeological study for over one hundred years. Situated just north of Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is situated on 25,395 acres of the northern Pajarito Plateau, 90.9% of which has been surveyed for heritage resources, LANL manages over 2,000 archaeological sites, 1,505 of which are affiliated with the Ancestral Pueblo culture.

This study has two primary objectives: the first is to present an overview of Ancestral Pueblo sites located at LANL using GIS data for three Ancestral Pueblo periods: Developmental (600 to 1200 AD), Coalition (1200 to 1325 AD), and Classic (1325 to 1600 AD). The second objective is to look at occupation on the Pajarito Plateau more broadly by comparing the distribution of LANL sites with site location data from Bandelier National Monument for these three Ancestral Pueblo periods with a focus on formation and reconfiguration of social organization and cultural-linguistic groups. The goal is to put the data from Ancestral Pueblo sites at LANL into conversation with previous archaeological research from the National Park Service to expand our understanding of site distribution on the Pajarito Plateau for Ancestral Pueblo populations.

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Ancestral Pueblo Site Distribution Data from Los Alamos National Laboratory on the Pajarito Plateau. David Holtkamp, Sandi Copeland, Alan Madsen, LeAnn Purtzer, Jennifer Payne. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398372)

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