Perishable: Plaited Mat AMNH 29.0/8955
Creator(s): Laurie Webster
Plaited Mat, Accession AMNH29.0, Catalog #8955. Morris FS 2449. CULTURALLY SENSITIVE, NAGPRA ARTIFACT; ACCESS RESTRICTED. Analyzed by Laurie Webster, 2006. Complete, plaited 2/2 twill rush mat with two-tone design. Images: AMNH 29.0/8955A: complete 2-2 plaited rush mat with two-tone design. AMNH 29.0/8955B: close-up of one corner showing two-tone design. AMNH 29.0/8955C: oblique view of mat showing two-tone design 1. AMNH 29.0/8955D: oblique view of mat showing two-tone design 2. AMNH 29.0/8955E: oblique view of mat showing two-tone design 3. Recovered from Earl Morris' excavation of Room 95, Grave 20, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 95 at the time of excavation is as follows. “From 7 to 10 feet from the floor of Room 95 in the masonry portion of the fill were various stone artifacts…. must have come from the third floor. Refuse covered the entire area of the first floor. Along the west wall it was from 4 to 6 inches in depth. From the northwest to the northeast corners, it gradually increased to a depth of 1 and one-half feet. Toward the center of the south wall it became progressively thicker from all directions, reaching a maximum depth of 3 and one-half feet. [Description of artifacts]…. Above the refuse, from the line of the doors to the west wall, was a layer of washed sand 2 to 5 inches thick….The ceiling of Room 95 had been supported by three pine logs, running north and south. The two western logs fell long before the eastern one gave way. The timbers of the western two-thirds of the ceiling were completely decayed. The eastern beam either rotted or broke off close to the south wall. As it was forced downward, the leverlike action of the opposite end, together with the similarly exerted force of the corresponding timber in Room 94, completely demolished the north wall down to within 23 feet of the floor….[Description of doorways]. There are ventilators in each end of both north and south walls." (Morris1928: 347-349). 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. Also see: Earl Morris, 1924, Burials in the Aztec Ruin, Volume XXVI, Part III, Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Cite this Record
Perishable: Plaited Mat AMNH 29.0/8955. Laurie Webster. 2006 ( tDAR id: 374415) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8PV6JBC
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): Lori Reed
Principal Investigator(s): Laurie Webster
Aztec Ruins National Monument Accession Number(s): AMNH 29.0
Rights & Attribution: Artifact is classified as a NAGPRA item; access to the image(s) is restricted. Researchers may consult with the American Museum of Natural History and the National Park Service Aztec Ruins National Monument for permission to view image(s).
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: 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: 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 Items: American Museum of Natural History, New York, and NPS, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico|
|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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