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An Agricultural Landscape on the Northern Mimbres Frontier, South-Central New Mexico, USA

Author(s): Jeremy Kulisheck ; Sandra Arazi-Coambs ; Jess Gisler ; Kathi Turner ; Christina Sinkovec

Year: 2017

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The Cañada Alamosa is the northernmost frontier of the ancestral Pueblo Mimbres people of the U.S. Southwest. Intensive survey of a side canyon has defined a distinct agricultural landscape composed of small pueblos, farmsteads, field houses, shrines, and other features. Occupation was centered around alluvial fans located on the first terrace above the drainage, fed by runoff from upper terraces, rather than the floodwaters of the drainage bottom itself. While the Cañada Alamosa has significant later Tularosa and Mesa Verde occupations, use of this agricultural landscape is confined to the Classic Mimbres phase, A.D. 1000-1130. This agricultural landscape reveals both spatial and temporal diversity in farming practices in the eastern Mimbres area, with implications for the understanding of social and economic changes in this part of the region during the later years of ancestral Pueblo occupation.

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An Agricultural Landscape on the Northern Mimbres Frontier, South-Central New Mexico, USA. Jeremy Kulisheck, Sandra Arazi-Coambs, Jess Gisler, Kathi Turner, Christina Sinkovec. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428954)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16991

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