Ceramic: Mesa Verde Black-on-white, bowl, AZRU1-836
Creator(s): Lori Reed
McElmo Black-on-white, bowl, Accession AZRU-00001 Catalog #836. Morris FS 3953. Analyzed by Lori Reed 2011. Vessel is 90% restored with unknown adhesive. Measurements: 22.2 cm orifice diameter, 8.7 cm height. Granular igneous rock temper suggests local production at Aztec Ruin. Image AZRU1-836 A: view of exterior showing repair holes. Image AZRU1-836 B: view of exterior showing design. Image AZRU1-836 C: view of interior showing design. Image AZRU1-836 D: view of interior showing design. Image AZRU1-836 E: closeup of interior design. Image AZRU1-836 F: view of exterior base. Recovered from Earl Morris excavation of Room 150, debris beneath floor, Aztec West Ruin. Earl Morris’ description of Room 150 at the time of excavation is as follows. “It is probable that Room 150 was not a part of the original plan of the pueblo, having been added at a later time. …. the walls are massively and excellently constructed, the northern one containing ornamental bands of dark green stone. The ultimate floor….was hard packed from much use. Upon it in the southwest corner was Burial No 43 and in the northwest, Burial No. 44. In the first foot of fill was some thoroughly decayed refuse and thence upward only wall debris and drifted earth. The pottery from the burials and the sherds from the refuse are of the Mesa Verde complex. Beneath the last floor, artificial material extends more than three feet. In pits cut into it were Burials Nos. 45 and 46. This subfloor fill is composed of wall material and sandy earth containing some refuse and decayed ceiling timbers. …. Parts of the skeletons of one adult and two children were observed. Originally, there were two doorways, one at the center of the north wall, the other similarly situated in the south…." (Morris 1928: 401-402) Reference: Earl Morris, 1928, Notes on Excavations in the Aztec Ruin, Volume XXVI, Part V. See Burial Description in Earl Morris, 1924, Burials in the Aztec Ruin and the Aztec Ruin Annex, Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History Vol. XXVI, Parts III and IV, American Museum of Natural History, New York. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Cite this Record
Ceramic: Mesa Verde Black-on-white, bowl, AZRU1-836. Lori Reed. 2011. Aztec Ruins National Monument ( tDAR id: 374648) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8W09479
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): Lori Reed
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.
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.
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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