Ancestral Pueblo Essentials: Evidence for Layered Social Institutions during the Basketmaker III Period in the Northern Southwest
Author(s): Shanna Diederichs
This is an abstract from the "Adopting the Pueblo Fettle: The Breadth and Depth of the Basketmaker III Cultural Horizon" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
A range of evidence suggests that the Ancestral Pueblo tradition of the northern Southwest crystallized during the Basketmaker III period in the sixth and seventh centuries A.D. As farming was adopted and populations expanded, social problems related to conflict mitigation, land tenure, and private property required new social institutions, the invention of which are reflected in the settlement distribution and public and household architecture of the period. This paper summarizes patterns from studies across the region which, together, reveal a layered landscape of practices operating at the household, lineage, community, and ideological scales. Social institutions resulting from these Basketmaker III period practices become essential elements of Ancestral Pueblo tradition and history over the next six hundred years.
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Ancestral Pueblo Essentials: Evidence for Layered Social Institutions during the Basketmaker III Period in the Northern Southwest. Shanna Diederichs. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451317)
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