Cotton as Commodity in the Prehispanic Southwest
Author(s): Laurie Webster
With its strong symbolic reference to moisture and clouds, cotton has long been considered a precious textile fiber in the Americas. Adopted from Mexico as a tropical crop, it was well-established in the Salt-Gila drainage by 500 A.D., and by 1000-1100 A.D. it was adapted to the wetter microenvironments of the Colorado Plateau. Because cotton could not be grown everywhere, it became a prized element of trade and craft specialization. In this paper I examine the agricultural intensification, commodity production, and exchange of cotton and cotton textiles in the prehispanic Southwest with a focus on the Western Pueblos, including the important Homol’ovi villages.
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Cotton as Commodity in the Prehispanic Southwest. Laurie Webster. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444417)
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