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Sourcing Basalt from the Santiago Quarry in Chihuahua, Mexico Using XRF

Author(s): Michael Searcy ; Todd Pitezel ; Eric Christiansen

Year: 2017

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Summary

During survey in 2013, we identified the only known vesicular basalt quarry in the Casas Grandes region in northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico. Using XRF, we analyzed basalt from the Santiago Quarry and compared the results to the chemical characterization of formal tools (mostly mano and metate fragments) recovered at the site of Paquimé in order to determine if this quarry was one of the sources exploited by prehistoric stoneworkers during the Medio period (1200-1450 A.D.).


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Sourcing Basalt from the Santiago Quarry in Chihuahua, Mexico Using XRF. Michael Searcy, Todd Pitezel, Eric Christiansen. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432061)


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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): 17343

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