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Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2904

Creator(s): Laurie Webster

Year: 2006

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Yucca Cordage, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #2904. Morris FS 4015. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Large mass of yucca cordage, most 2S-Z, some with remnants of quill wrapping and a few with hide wrapping. One strand stained red. Also one coarse 2(2Z-S)Z strand that may be remains of a header cord from a twined blanket. Measurements: L 34.0, W 22.0, TH 11 CM. Images: AZRU8-2904 A: mass of yucca cordage in box, some quill and hide-wrapped. AZRU8-2904 B: detail of thick cord, possibly part of a header cord. AZRU8-2904 C: detail showing red coloration on strand. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 153-2, Aztec West Ruin. Concerning Room 153-2 Morris reports that “The refuse deposit in Room 153 was in reality a continuation of that in Room 136, just as the latter was an extension of the rubbish present in the upper level of Room 180. The only specimens from this layer are two large bowls broken and thrown away while still new and unstained by use. As mentioned in connection with Burial No. 55, Room 153 was used as a turkey coop at the same time that it was being used as a dumping place” (Morris 1928:382).

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: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2904. Laurie Webster. 2006. Aztec Ruins National Monument ( tDAR id: 373993) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8XK8D4K


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): Gary Brown

Contributor(s): Lori Reed ; Anne Grulich ; Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, NM ; Aztec Ruins National Monument

Principal Investigator(s): Laurie Webster

Repository(s): American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY


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

File Information

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azru8-2904-c.jpg 244.17kb Jan 31, 2012 1:06:57 PM Public
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azru8-2904-a.jpg 377.70kb Dec 30, 2011 12:23:31 PM Public
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