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New Evidence for Early Ceramic Use in the Middle Rio Grande Valley

Author(s): R. Stanley Kerr ; Hannah Mattson ; Christina Chavez ; Toni Goar

Year: 2016

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Recent archaeological excavation of an early Developmental period village within the Albuquerque city limits has revealed the earliest evidence for ceramics in the Middle and Northern Rio Grande Valley to date. A roasting pit at LA 138927, located immediately adjacent to Montaño Pueblo, contained Alma Plain jar sherds associated with charcoal dated to the early AD 400s. The identification of pottery in fifth century deposits in the Albuquerque area is significant, as pottery first appeared in the Southwest around AD 200 and didn’t become widespread until AD 500. This early Alma vessel may be part of an expedient phase of early pottery production occurring on the Colorado Plateau from AD 150 to 500. The feature also includes the remains of Zea mays, which is typically not found in pre-AD 600 contexts in the Middle Rio Grande Valley proper.

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New Evidence for Early Ceramic Use in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. R. Stanley Kerr, Hannah Mattson, Christina Chavez, Toni Goar. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405347)


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

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