Perishable: Corn Tassels/Yucca Chains AZRU8-780


Corn Tassels and Yucca Chains, Accession AZRU-00008, Catalog #780. Morris FS 3654. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Mass of corn tassels tied in yucca-leaf chains, 4-5 tassels per chain. Tassels arranged butt to tip. Links tied with overhand knots and a few square knots. Measurements: Each link approx 2.0 CM in diameter. Catalog card indicates original combined length of fragments was approx 30 ft. (9 meters), and that the lengths of the broken chains range from 7.6 M to 2.0 M. Images: AZRU8-780 A: corn tassels and broken yucca chains 1. AZRU8-780 AA: overall view of corn tassels and broken yucca chains. AZRU8-780 B: detail of corn tassels enclosed by yucca chain tied in square knot. AZRU8-780 BB: detail of yucca chain. AZRU8-780 C: corn tassels and broken yucca chains. Image AZRU8-780 CC: mass of corn tassels and broken yucca chains. AZRU8-D thru AZRU8-ZZ: details of corn tassels and enclosed by broken yucca chains. (Total of 37 images for this artifact.) Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 136-2, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 136-2 at the time of excavation is as follows: “A great quantity of Mesa Verde refuse had been cast into Room 136-2 and evenly distributed, its upper limit being nearly level at a height of 3½ feet from the floor. There was a predominant proportion of organic matter, mostly vegetable, and owing to the air space afforded by the open room beneath (Room 147) and to the 5 to 10 feet of debris above, preservation of perishable, objects was practically perfect, except in the upper 3 to 6 inches which had been moistened by rain water before the ceilings above gave way…At the center of the room, beginning 1½ feet from the floor, was about one-half cubic yard of corn tassels (Fig. 24). The tips of the plants had been broken off and tied into bouquet-shaped bundles, as flowers might be…” (Morris 1928:380).

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: Corn Tassels/Yucca Chains AZRU8-780. Laurie Webster. 2006. Aztec Ruins National Monument ( tDAR id: 374014) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8XS5T1Z

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

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