Rio Grande Glaze Ware Knowledgescapes

Author(s): Deborah Huntley; Cynthia Herhahn

Year: 2017


Research by Katherine Spielmann and many of her students highlights the economic and social significance of glaze-decorated ware vessels during the 14th through 16th centuries AD. We take a new approach to Rio Grande Glaze Ware in this paper, examining the role of knowledgescapes in structuring economy in Ancestral Pueblo middle-range societies. Knowledgescapes encompass economic, social, technological, and ritual aspects of glaze ware production, use and exchange. We explore the origins and development of glaze ware knowledgescapes from the initial creation of the technology, its subsequent spread through networks of information exchange, to the eventual regionalization and standardization of glaze paint recipes. The locations of lead ores and temper sources and their social contexts provide the physical tie between spheres of knowledge and the landscape itself. We emphasize variability in age, gender, skill, and social identity that characterized glaze ware knowledgescapes.

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Rio Grande Glaze Ware Knowledgescapes. Deborah Huntley, Cynthia Herhahn. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430951)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16169