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Rare Glimpses: Well-Preserved Weaving Tools, Technologies, and Textiles from the North American Southwest

Author(s): Erin Gearty ; Laurie Webster ; Benjamin Bellorado ; Louie Garcia

Year: 2017

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Perishable materials that provide information about prehistoric weaving traditions rarely survive in archaeological contexts. The arid environment in the U.S. Southwest, however, has allowed many perishable materials to preserve in excellent condition. Numerous objects collected from the U.S. Southwest, and which are spread out in museum collections across the United States, represent a varied range of textiles and also the material correlates of textile production, including wooden spinning and weaving tools, loom parts, and loom anchors, yucca needles, spun yarns, raw fiber, and pigments. This diverse array of weaving accoutrement provides rare evidence of techniques, materials, and style for prehistoric cloth production in North America from raw materials to a finished product. Furthermore, in many cases, the archaeological sites themselves provide insights about the method and process of prehistoric weaving in the U.S. Southwest, and help to place the objects within the environment in which they were created.  

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Rare Glimpses: Well-Preserved Weaving Tools, Technologies, and Textiles from the North American Southwest. Erin Gearty, Laurie Webster, Benjamin Bellorado, Louie Garcia. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431868)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16490

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