Perishable: Coiled Basket AMNH 29.0/7373A
Creator(s): Laurie Webster
Coiled Basket, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #7373. Morris FS 965. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Coiled basket fragments of yucca and sumac, 1/2 rod and bundle, stacked. Image: AMNH 29.0/7373A: coiled basket fragments. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 54, Aztec West Ruin. Morris (1928:309) indicates that “The first 1 ½ feet of fill in Room 54 consisted of fallen masonry and the uncharred wood of a ceiling which had been supported by two transverse pairs of cedar logs. The interstices between the stones were not filled with earth, indicating little action of wind and rain before the subsequent filling took place. Above this basal depodit was 9X to 10 feet of dry refuse with a large vegetable component. It had been well sheltered from moisture; hence, perishable objects were excellently preserved. That the waste material accumulated dur;ng the Chaco period is shown by the fact that a human effigy vessel' (29.0-7321) was scattered from one end of the room to the other. Such vessels do not occur among Mesa Verde pottery. Other specimens from this room are: a grooved hammer, a chipped knife blade, a selenite pendant, a piece of selenite, five arrow points…[long list of artifacts]…The charred timbers of a ceiling were above the refuse, separated from it by 8 inches to 1 foot of drift sand.”
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
Perishable: Coiled Basket AMNH 29.0/7373A. Laurie Webster. 2006. Aztec Ruins National Monument ( tDAR id: 373534) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8B27SHG
Aztec Ruins, West Ruin
Late Chacoan - Post Chacoan Period
Calendar Date: 1110 to 1140 (Late Chacoan)
Calendar Date: 1140 to 1280 (Post-Chacoan)
min long: -108.038; min lat: 36.803 ; max long: -107.955; max lat: 36.861 ;
Individual & Institutional Roles
Contact(s): Gary Brown
Principal Investigator(s): Laurie Webster
Repository(s): American Museum of Natural History
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.
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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