Analysis of Shell Trade Patterns at Salado Sites in the Southwest

Author(s): Charles Hemphill

Year: 2023


This is an abstract from the "Mogollon, Mimbres, and Salado Archaeology in Southwest New Mexico and Beyond" session, at the 88th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The purpose of this poster is to examine the shell assemblages found at the Dinwiddie, Gila River Farm, and 3-Up sites that were excavated by previous Archaeology Southwest field schools. The poster will focus on shell trade and exchange to determine if there are differences in shell trade between the three sites, temporal differences in the types of shell that were being traded, as well as where utilized shell was coming from. The three sites in question are associated with the Salado. Salado is a cultural movement/ideology that occurred in the 1300s, and involved Kayenta peoples migrating south into Mogollon and Hohokam regions of the Southwest and coalescing with the local inhabitants of those areas. This coalescing of people and ideas can be seen in many aspects of daily life, and this poster will assess whether patterns of shell trade are part of this broader pattern.

Cite this Record

Analysis of Shell Trade Patterns at Salado Sites in the Southwest. Charles Hemphill. Presented at The 88th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2023 ( tDAR id: 474052)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 36802.0