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Covering Ground: Spatial Relationships of Prehistoric Sites on Black Mesa, Arizona

Author(s): Michael Terlep ; Travis Bugg ; Erick Laurila ; Francis Smiley

Year: 2017

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Modern applications in spatial analysis are reinventing the way archaeologists view spatial relationships in the prehistoric Southwest. Building on the extensive research conducted by the Black Mesa Archaeological Project (BMAP), this poster presentation presents new insights into spatial relationships and social dynamics on northern Black Mesa, Arizona using ArcGIS applications, such as viewshed analysis, as well as predictive modeling. Recently conducted pedestrian survey on Peabody Western Coal lease areas on Navajo and Hopi tribal lands provide spatially accurate data to address lingering questions within Black Mesa archaeology, such as the relationships between primary and secondary Ancestral Puebloan habitation complexes.

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Covering Ground: Spatial Relationships of Prehistoric Sites on Black Mesa, Arizona. Michael Terlep, Travis Bugg, Erick Laurila, Francis Smiley. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430585)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 16434

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