Theoretical Reflections on Textiles and Environment in the Northern Great Basin

Author(s): Kirsten Lopez

Year: 2019


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

Textiles are often given short thrift in archaeological research and reporting, due in large part to their rarity and thus limited depth of analysis. Recent studies have demonstrated a variety of new analytical techniques, revealing new potential in archaeological and anthropological textile studies. Unfortunately, over ten years into these developments, few studies have utilized these techniques. Considering theory frames research questions, a shortage of theory directly handling textile materials resource acquisition or manufacture affects the quality and quantity of research into this area. In a recent study using 87/86Sr ratio sourcing techniques, various theoretical concepts around other types of resource acquisition, manufacture, learning and artifact life-history from the likes of Schiffer, Ingold, Hurcombe, and Jolie were used in developing research questions and trajectory. The purpose of this paper is to explore the implications of the study results through these theoretical lenses. The result is creating a middle-range theoretical platform for advanced textile study.

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Theoretical Reflections on Textiles and Environment in the Northern Great Basin. Kirsten Lopez. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450353)

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min long: -124.189; min lat: 31.803 ; max long: -105.469; max lat: 43.58 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 25904