Assemblage Perspectives on Salado Polychrome

Author(s): Caitlin Wichlacz

Year: 2016


The Salado Phenomenon has long been of interest to Southwestern archaeologists, and perhaps the most notable signifier of the phenomenon is a suite of pottery types collectively referred to as Salado Polychromes or Roosevelt Red Wares. Previous researchers have tended to focus their ceramic studies on the Salado Polychrome pottery itself, and few have attempted to situate these vessels within the context of the broader ceramic assemblages of which they were part. Often, this kind of information is limited to a simple reporting of relative frequencies or general statements of temporal trends. Here I assess patterning in ceramic assemblages from several previously excavated non-mortuary contexts within the Salado area using reported vessel type and form data in an attempt to examine aspects of the role and place of Salado Polychrome vessels as they functioned within broader ceramic assemblages, and as they articulated with other local pottery types and forms at the assemblage level. I also assess the potential for this kind of analysis to help archaeologists understand the nature and historical trajectories of the varied manifestations of the Salado Phenomenon across much of the American Southwest.

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Assemblage Perspectives on Salado Polychrome. Caitlin Wichlacz. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404935)

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