Paint It Black: A Geospatial Analysis of Chupadero Black-on-white Ceramics


Chupadero Black-on-white ceramics were produced in the Salinas and Sierra Blanca regions of New Mexico beginning around A.D. 1100. They quickly gained popularity, covering a geographic region that encompassed much of the modern state of New Mexico, west Texas, southeastern Arizona, and northern Chihuahua. Yet, despite their popularity, little is known about the exchange mechanisms that yielded Chupadero Black-on-white’s impressive distribution. ArcGIS contains analytical applications that can be used to explore mechanisms of geospatial variation. This project uses GIS to investigate the processes behind the distribution of Chupadero Black-on-white ceramics in the prehistoric Southwest. We find that the processes change over time as exchange networks expanded during the 14th century.

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Paint It Black: A Geospatial Analysis of Chupadero Black-on-white Ceramics. Brenton Willhite, Andrew Fernandez, Andrew Krug, Christine VanPool. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430451)

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Ceramics Gis Southwest

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): 16971