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A Line in the Sand: Bioarchaeological interpretations of life along the borders of the Great Basin and Southwest.

Author(s): Ryan Harrod ; Aaron Woods

Year: 2016

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Prior to A.D. 1300, several archaeologically defined cultures were identified at the intersection of the American Great Basin and Southwest. Human skeletal remains were analyzed from site that represent the borders and the heartlands of the Fremont, the Virgin Branch Puebloan, and the Northern San Juan Puebloan cultural areas. The goal was to examine how life in the crossroads of these regions affected the experiences of individuals and groups. The following indicators were used to reconstruct morbidity and mortality profiles: age-at-death and biological sex, markers of stress and pathological conditions, and scars of traumatic injury. In addition to these reconstructions, health and demography was contextualized using analyses of material culture from key sites in their respective regions. By considering both human remains and material culture, distinct and blended cultural traits were delineated in an attempt to better understand how borders structure inter-social relations. The value of an interdisciplinary approach is that it provides a more integrated understanding of each culture that considers not only how bodies record an individual’s experience in life, but the way that groups interacted with one another.

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A Line in the Sand: Bioarchaeological interpretations of life along the borders of the Great Basin and Southwest.. Ryan Harrod, Aaron Woods. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403931)


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min long: -122.761; min lat: 29.917 ; max long: -109.27; max lat: 42.553 ;

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