Perishable: Willow Mat AZRU8-3407
Creator(s): Laurie Webster
Willow Mat, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #3407. Morris FS 5549. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Nearly complete sewn willow mat threaded with 11 rows of 2(2Z-S)Z yucca cordage. Cords tied in overhand knots at both ends. Diameter of willow elements = 0.7-0.8 CM. One large section missing. Measurements: L 154.0, W 106.0 CM. Images: AZRU8-3407 A: large sewn willow mat in drawer. AZRU8-3407 B: large willow mat in drawer. AZRU8-3407 C: overhand knots at one end of mat. AZRU8-3407 D: overhand knots at other end of mat. AZRU8-3407 E: detail of willow elements. AZRU8-3407 F: smoothed ends of willow elements. AZRU8-3407 G: smoothed ends of willow elements 2. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 193, 3rd Story Above, Aztec West Ruin. For Room 193 Morris described typical architectural features and “refuse that had been deposited on the second floor, including fragments of a considerable number of very fine medium-sized water jars and mugs that were shattered, possibly intentionally, judging from their number and the fact that they were practically new and of the same potter. Another atypical Chaco water jar had the entire surface completely hidden by a coat of lacquer bearing an elaborate design in yellow, red, and black” (Morris 1928:362).
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: Willow Mat AZRU8-3407. Laurie Webster. 2006. Aztec Ruins National Monument ( tDAR id: 374009) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8QF8RGN
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, 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.
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
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