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Point Pueblo, a Great House Community in the Middle San Juan

Author(s): Linda Wheelbarger

Year: 2017

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Summary

San Juan College field school excavations at Point Pueblo in Farmington, New Mexico, have revealed a great house with attached great kiva constructed of both local vernacular and stylized Chacoan Type II architecture. Extensive early southern influence, A.D. 850-1050, is based on the dominant presence of Red Mesa Black-on white pottery. The great kiva floors demonstrate a continuous ritual placement of artifacts subsequent to a major ritual remodeling event of the floor and roof support piers, apparently completed in the late A.D. 1100s. A large pit containing over 600 sherds present at the southern edge of the great kiva interior may have been used for communal offerings. A new type of great kiva floor feature was discovered on the remodeled floor wherein a horizontal arch of cobbles set in clay was constructed extending out from the northern and southern ends of the remodeled eastern Chacoan roof support piers. Numerous small to medium pit features were constructed on the remodeled floor and then capped before use of the great kiva continued through to the end of the A.D. 1200s. Point Pueblo exemplifies ritual complexity of the Middle San Juan region during the Chacoan time period.


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Point Pueblo, a Great House Community in the Middle San Juan. Linda Wheelbarger. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429266)


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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14889

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