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Ceramic: Chaco Black-on-white, bowl, AMNH 29.0/7521

Creator(s): Lori Reed

Year: 2004

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Chaco Black-on-white, bowl, AMNH Accession 29.0, Catalog #7521, Morris FS 1114. Analyzed by Lori Reed 2004. Temper is medium quartz sand in a silty low fired paste suggesting local production at Aztec. Image AMNH 29.0/7521 A: interior view. Image AMNH 29.0/7521 B: interior closeup of repair. Image AMNH 29.0/7521 C: exterior design view. Image AMNH 29.0/7521 D: view of interior base wear. Image AMNH 29.0/7521 E: closeup of interior design. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 48, West Ruin, Aztec Ruins. Room 48 is in the east wing of West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of the room at the time of excavation is as follows. “The floor of Room 48 was covered with refuse to a depth of from 4 1/2 feet to 7 feet, deepest in front of the door in the east wall. The greater proportion of this deposit was of vegetable substance; cornstalks, husks, tassels, and cobs, cedarbark, splinters of the same wood, as well as human excrement. This deposit of Chaco age had been completely protected from moisture and constituted, aside from some found in the caves of Del Muerto canyon, the richest repository for perishable artifacts (29.0- 7521-7839) that has come within the experience of the writer. Among other objects this deposit contained: two black-on-white bowls, fragments of mended vessels, pottery effigy of a skunk, three pottery feet belonging to animal effigies, black-on-white potsherds, two jar stoppers of unburned clay, four pieces of moulded unburned clay, [and a long list of other items]….From 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet of sand had worked down through the second floor before the timbers supporting the latter had failed. These had fallen in recent times, after the mound had reached its final form, as evidenced by the ragged crater left by the settling of the debris above them subsequent to their collapse” (Morris 1928:307-308).

Reference: Earl Morris, 1928, Notes on Excavations in the Aztec Ruin, Volume XXVI, Part V, Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Cite this Record

Ceramic: Chaco Black-on-white, bowl, AMNH 29.0/7521. Lori Reed. 2004. NPS Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, NM ( tDAR id: 365196) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8610XDS


Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1110 to 1140 (Late Chacoan)

Calendar Date: 1140 to 1280 (Post-Chacoan)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -108.038; min lat: 36.803 ; max long: -107.955; max lat: 36.861 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Lori Reed ; Gary Brown

Contributor(s): Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, NM

Repository(s): American Museum of Natural History

Record Identifiers

American Museum of Natural History(s): Accession 29.0


Rights & Attribution: Artifact was collected from Aztec West Ruin excavations by Earl Morris between 1916 and 1922. Morris' excavations were sponsored and funded by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Rights & Attribution: High resolution images of the item are archived and available to researchers through the National Park Service, Aztec Ruins National Monument.

Rights & Attribution: Publication or use of the image is restricted; permission may be obtained through consultation with American Museum of Natural History and Aztec Ruins National Monument.

Source Collections

Original Item: American Museum of Natural History, New York
Image: NPS, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico

Related Comparative Collections

Aztec Ruins Collections housed at Hibben Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Aztec Ruins Collections housed at American Museum of Natural History, New York
Aztec Ruins Collections housed at Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico

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