Lithic Technology in Spanish Colonial Dixon, New Mexico

Author(s): Sarah Elston

Year: 2019


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

In this paper, I explore the lithic technology used in the Spanish colonial outpost of Dixon (or Embudo), New Mexico, before the arrival of the Chili railroad line in 1877. With limited access to metal, the Spanish colonists turned to the native technology of lithic tool production to overcome this absence. By focusing specifically on the obsidian found in Dixon, the community’s ties and connections with the surrounding area can be better understood. The use of XRF analysis to determine the original source of the obsidian provides a window into the complex geographic and economic world of the colonial pre-metal community.

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Lithic Technology in Spanish Colonial Dixon, New Mexico. Sarah Elston. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449711)

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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): 23886