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On the Verge: A Pottery Analysis of the Northern Periphery of the Northern San Juan Region

Author(s): Jaclyn Eckersley

Year: 2017

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Beef Basin is a geographic area located roughly 30 miles northwest of the Abajo Mountains in southeastern Utah. Archaeologically, Beef Basin is within the Northern San Juan Region, which has seen much recent and intensive study. Most of this research has focused on the area south of the Abajo Mountains, however, leaving the northern areas, including Beef Basin, only marginally studied. I discuss the results of pottery analyses from the area and discuss recent reconnaissance survey conducted by the Bureau of Land Management. I also present a chronology for the area based on ceramic dating. From previous research we know that Pueblo I occupations in the study area were scant to nonexistent, but population increased dramatically in the subsequent Pueblo II and Pueblo III periods. I discuss the later occupations in the context of a hypothesized widespread northwestern migration in response to late Pueblo II period Chacoan system proliferation.

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On the Verge: A Pottery Analysis of the Northern Periphery of the Northern San Juan Region. Jaclyn Eckersley. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430449)


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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): 16969

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