Not Quite Coalesced: Salado Settlements in the Upper Gila

Author(s): Jeffery Clark; Katherine Dungan; Leslie Aragon

Year: 2017


Most 14th-century Salado settlements in the Upper Gila watershed are comprised of separate room blocks in both planned and ad hoc configurations. These spatial arrangements suggest that integration, and by extension coalescence, was never fully achieved despite occupation spans of more than a century. This poster examines ceramic and other material culture variability among room blocks within four settlements to identify social and cultural differences that persisted until depopulation in the early 15th century. Of particular interest is evidence for the co-residence of various immigrant and local groups who maintained deeply engrained traditions while closely interacting with each other on a daily basis.

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Not Quite Coalesced: Salado Settlements in the Upper Gila. Jeffery Clark, Katherine Dungan, Leslie Aragon. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431503)


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): 14594