Making and Breaking Boundaries in the American Southwest

Author(s): Erik Simpson

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This presentation explores two related but temporally detached examples of communities interacting with the physical and cultural boundaries that partially define them. During the AD 700s and 800s communities in the La Plata and Animas river drainages of New Mexico and Colorado moved away from each other creating an unoccupied region between themselves during a time of significant societal and ideological change and violence. Later in the AD 1200s, communities in the Gallina region of New Mexico, who have been widely noted for their persistent isolation, begin to settle and trade among neighboring groups along their southern margins. These are considerations of just two of the many possibilities available to communities living within the borders that delineate them.

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Making and Breaking Boundaries in the American Southwest. Erik Simpson. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449292)

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min long: -124.365; min lat: 25.958 ; max long: -93.428; max lat: 41.902 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 23100