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Movement Encased in Stone: Revealing Ancestral Jemez Migration through Obsidian Source Provenience

Author(s): Matt Liebmann

Year: 2017

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Based on the results of collaborative research performed in conjunction with the Pueblo of Jemez, this paper uses a pXRF study of 2222 obsidian artifacts from 29 Ancestral Puebloan villages in northern New Mexico to provide insights into Jemez movement between AD 1175-1700. The results reveal clear evidence of migration between these villages and the Valles Caldera. These movements steadily increased in intensity throughout the pre-Colonial period. This pattern was disrupted by Spanish colonialism in the 17th century, only to be re-established following the famous Pueblo Revolt of 1680. This paper explores the complex factors underlying these shifting patterns of obsidian procurement, and concludes that they were apparently linked to larger inter-tribal hostilities and alliances during the tumultuous first century of colonization in the Pueblo world.


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Movement Encased in Stone: Revealing Ancestral Jemez Migration through Obsidian Source Provenience. Matt Liebmann. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431246)


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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): 14552

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