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Testing Alternative Settlement Models at Las Colinas with Polychrome Dating

Author(s): Caitlin Wichlacz ; David Abbott

Year: 2017

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An understanding of the nature of late Classic period settlement at Las Colinas is an important element in understanding the broader social changes that took place across the Phoenix Basin during this time. One perspective on settlement at Las Colinas figures prominently in the recent "core decay" model proposed for the Phoenix Basin Hohokam. In response to this model, we propose new alternative scenarios for late Classic period settlement at Las Colinas. We test these alternative settlement models through an examination of ceramic data, principally from the polychrome pottery that appears in the Phoenix Basin during the late Classic period as a sign and signature of new social arrangements. Finally, we discuss the implications of our study for broader understandings of social change and settlement dynamics in late Hohokam prehistory.

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Testing Alternative Settlement Models at Las Colinas with Polychrome Dating. Caitlin Wichlacz, David Abbott. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429537)


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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): 16339

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