The Enshrined Pueblos of Montezuma Canyon

Author(s): Daniel Cutrone; Madalyn Bills

Year: 2019


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

A long-standing goal of Southwestern archaeology is to understand the reason behind settlement location and why some locations seem to be given elevated status. The Spirit Bird Cave Model presented at the 2003 SAA Annual Meeting pointed to the fact that sacred geography incorporating features of the physical geography played an important role in settlement planning and location. Recent fieldwork suggests settlement location in and around Montezuma Canyon in southeast Utah followed a similar pattern related to physical landscape and sacred space. It is suggested here that several large pueblos within the Montezuma Canyon system are "enshrined" and marked by the physical landscape following modern Puebloan cosmological ideology.

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The Enshrined Pueblos of Montezuma Canyon. Daniel Cutrone, Madalyn Bills. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449535)

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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 24136