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From Plain Wares to Polychromes: A Geospatial Evaluation of Ceramics in the Casas Grandes Region

Author(s): Andrew Krug ; Andrew Fernandez ; Brenton Willhite ; Christine VanPool ; Clayton Blodgett

Year: 2017

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The past twenty-five years have seen a significant increase in archaeological fieldwork in the Casas Grandes region of Chihuahua, Mexico. Among significant issues in Casas Grandes archaeology is the relationship between sites close to Paquimé and those in its borderlands. Investigations into ceramic distributions across the landscape have the potential to provide a greater understanding of the relationship between sites and their relationship to Paquimé. In this study, we reexamine Carpenter’s (2002) influential map of ceramic types distribution by examining ceramic assemblages (e.g., Casas Grandes Polychromes, Salado Polychromes, and El Paso Polychrome) at various sites (e.g., Brand’s surface collections, Janos joint project surface collection, and excavated wares from Galleana, Villa Ahumada, and 76 Draw) within the region. These data are analyzed via ArcGIS, which contains analytical applications that can be used to address the mechanisms behind geospatial variation. Ultimately, we find that a few ceramic type "zones" need to be reconsidered and likely remapped.

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From Plain Wares to Polychromes: A Geospatial Evaluation of Ceramics in the Casas Grandes Region. Andrew Krug, Andrew Fernandez, Brenton Willhite, Christine VanPool, Clayton Blodgett. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432062)


Borderlands Gis Paquime

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 17422

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