Resource Use and Sustainability of the Gila’s South Diamond Creek Pueblo

Author(s): Kailey Martinez

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Local Development and Cross-Cultural Interaction in Pre-Hispanic Southwestern New Mexico and Southeastern Arizona" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness are the names ascribed to rich mountainous land spanning between western New Mexico and eastern Arizona. This land was once home to the people of the Mimbres culture. The environments within the Gila vary due to different altitudes and precipitation, which also effect the types and amount of ecological resources, such as vegetation and prey species, available in those areas. The location of the Mimbres settlements, and the size of the settlement itself, would have greatly affected how the people were interacting with their surrounding ecology. Students, professors, and volunteers of New Mexico State University have spent two seasons excavating South Diamond Creek Pueblo, a four-room Mimbres habitation site located in the Northern Mimbres Region. In using preliminary data from zooarchaeological and isotopic analysis, this presentation will display how site locality and size could lead to differing patterns of resource usage and sustainability between South Diamond Creek Pueblo and larger, contemporaneous Mimbres villages.

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Resource Use and Sustainability of the Gila’s South Diamond Creek Pueblo. Kailey Martinez. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452214)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25432