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#4724, Style III Seed Jar from Old Town

Year: 1979

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This Seed Jar is an example of Style III from Old Town (also known as Old Town Ruin) a Mimbres site in Luna County, southwestern New Mexico, near the southern end of the Mimbres River. Old Town is (along with Galaz) one of the largest Mimbres villages in the Mimbres Valley. It has hundreds of pit houses and surface rooms, with occupations dating from the Late Pithouse period through the Black Mountain Phase (ca. AD 550-1300). Old Town was very badly damaged by looters. Between 1989 and 2007 Darrell Creel (working through Texas A&M University and then the University of Texas, Austin, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management) did extensive research at the site, work that is being comprehensively reported (Creel 2006). Numerous institutions own bowls found at Old Town. Creel, Darrell (2006) Excavations at the Old Town Ruin, Luna County, New Mexico, 1989-2003. Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office, Santa Fe.

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#4724, Style III Seed Jar from Old Town. 1979 ( tDAR id: 383437) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8WH2PXF


Mimbres Mogollon


Site Name
Jan-79 Old Town

Investigation Types
Collections Research


Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 550 to 1150

Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.931; min lat: 32.507 ; max long: -107.887; max lat: 32.551 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Michelle Hegmon ; Steven A. Leblanc

Sponsor(s): Arizona State University (ASU)


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Additional Metadata

mimpidd_id: 4724

tDAR_ID: 383437


owner: University of Arkansas Museum

Record Created Date: 1979 JAN

Museum Number: 47-133-4

Site Name: Old Town

Within Site: Tannich B.24, Creel\'s Area A

Field Number of Previous Number: Tannich B.24

Vessel Form: Seed Jar

condition: Reconstructed

Wear: Light

Kill Hole: Absent

Rim Diameter: ?

Height: 9.5

Max Diameter: 13

Color Scheme: B/W

Temporal Style: Style III

Temporal Style Basis: thin frame hachure

Design Class: Geometric

Layout: 4 sections

Layout Detail: Alternating

Geometric General: Angular

Geometric Specific: hachure, Nested squares, diamonds, Sawtooth, Zig-zag

Wide Rim Bands: 1

Exterior Design: Geometric

Black/White Filename: MN4724

Black/White Directory: 14158

Color Filename: MA4724

Color Image Directory: MA4500

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
ma4724.tif 4.52mb Mar 1, 2013 11:28:25 PM Public
mn4724.tif 55.39mb Mar 1, 2013 11:28:26 PM Public
Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America