Ceramics of Aztec North and the Terrace Community, Aztec Ruins National Monument
Author(s): Michelle I. Turner
This study reports on a ceramic analysis of nearly 1500 surface-collected potsherds from five unexcavated sites on the river terrace at Aztec Ruins National Monument, including the Aztec North great house. I conducted a detailed attribute analysis and mean ceramic dating.
The mean ceramic date for Aztec North is AD 1104±39, while other terrace sites have later mean dates. Based on these dates, it appears that Aztec North was constructed before or contemporaneously with Aztec West, and it might have been the first structure in the Terrace Community. These data support the theory that, even at this earliest moment, Aztec Ruins was already being planned as a unified landscape or even as a new Chaco. Moreover, the trade ware assemblages in the Terrace Community support the notion that people at this site were tied into Chacoan exchange networks.
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Ceramics of Aztec North and the Terrace Community, Aztec Ruins National Monument. Michelle I. Turner. Masters Thesis. Binghamton University (SUNY), Department of Anthropology. 2015 ( tDAR id: 454950) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8454950
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