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The Animals of Pueblo Ritual: Faunal Analysis of a Kiva from Pot Creek Pueblo, NM

Author(s): Melanie Cootsona ; Madeleine Strait

Year: 2017

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This poster reports on the analysis of the faunal remains from a D-shaped kiva in use during the late 1200s or early 1300s at Pot Creek Pueblo in the northern Rio Grande region of New Mexico. The kiva was decommissioned in a highly ceremonial manner with both human and animal interments, as well as a variety of additional animal offerings on the floor. Additional animal deposits in the fill of the kiva, suggesting the continued use of the space as a receptacle for offerings. Close analysis of these zooarchaeological remains thus provides a key means of exploring the ritual practices of Ancestral Pueblo communities in the Rio Grande during a period of active village aggregation and social transformation.

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The Animals of Pueblo Ritual: Faunal Analysis of a Kiva from Pot Creek Pueblo, NM. Melanie Cootsona, Madeleine Strait. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430217)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17500

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