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Aztec West Ruin: Perishable Artifacts and Pottery from Excavations by the American Museum of Natural History

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Digital images of pottery and perishable items recovered from Earl Morris' excavations of Aztec West Ruin between 1916 and 1922. Although Morris' excavations at Aztec were extensive, his analysis and descriptions of the artifact assemblage were cursory. In 2003, Laurie Webster and Lori Stephens Reed began systematic analysis, documentation, and digital imaging of pottery and perishables from Morris' Aztec West Ruin collections housed at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY and Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico. Although their work with the Aztec Ruins collections continues, this tDAR project includes images of all pottery and perishable artifacts documented by the researchers through 2011. Documentation of the artifacts was undertaken as part of several research projects involving the Chacoan and post-Chacoan occupations of Aztec Ruins and other sites in the Middle San Juan region of northwestern New Mexico.

Cite this Record

Aztec West Ruin: Perishable Artifacts and Pottery from Excavations by the American Museum of Natural History. ( tDAR id: 365184) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8FF3TS0


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 ; David Hurst Thomas

Principal Investigator(s): Lori Reed ; Laurie Webster

Repository(s): American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY ; Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, NM

Record Identifiers

AMNH Accession Number(s): AMNH 29.0; AMNH 29.1

NPS Accession Number(s): AZRU-00001; AZRU-00008


General Note: Some items are from burial contexts. Access to images of these items is restricted and only available through consultation with NPS and AMNH

General Note: High resolution images are archived and available to researchers through the National Park Service, Aztec Ruins National Monument.

General Note: Publication or use of images is restricted; permission may be obtained through consultation with American Museum of Natural History and Aztec Ruins National Monument.

Source Collections

Image: NPS, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico
Original Items: American Museum of Natural History, New York; and NPS, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico

Related Comparative Collections

Aztec Ruins Collections housed at American Museum of Natural History, New York
Aztec Ruins Collections housed at Hibben Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Aztec Ruins Collections housed at Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico

Resources Inside this Project (Viewing 801-852 of 852)

  • Images (852)


  1. Perishable: Yucca Coil AMNH 29.0/9485 (2006)
  2. Perishable: Yucca Coil AMNH 29.0/9490 (2006)
  3. Perishable: Yucca Coil AZRU8-1407 (2006)
  4. Perishable: Yucca Coil AZRU8-2803 (2006)
  5. Perishable: Yucca Coil AZRU8-2805 (2006)
  6. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AMNH 29.0/7599 (2006)
  7. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AMNH 29.0/7603 (2006)
  8. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU-1045 (2006)
  9. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-1043 A (2006)
  10. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-1047 (2006)
  11. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-1048 (2006)
  12. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-1049 (2006)
  13. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-1050 (2006)
  14. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-1371 (2006)
  15. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2692 (2006)
  16. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2837 (2006)
  17. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2838 (2006)
  18. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2839 (2006)
  19. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2898 (2006)
  20. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2899 (2006)
  21. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2900 (2006)
  22. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2902 (2006)
  23. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2903 (2006)
  24. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-2904 (2006)
  25. Perishable: Yucca Cordage AZRU8-787 (2006)
  26. Perishable: Yucca Fabric AMNH 29.0/5285 (2006)
  27. Perishable: Yucca Fabric AMNH 29.0/5286 (2006)
  28. Perishable: Yucca Fiber AMNH 29.0/9421 (2006)
  29. Perishable: Yucca Loop AZRU8-2857 (2006)
  30. Perishable: Yucca Needle AMNH 29.0/5345 (2006)
  31. Perishable: Yucca Needle AMNH 29.0/5346 (2006)
  32. Perishable: Yucca Pad AZRU8-2798 (2006)
  33. Perishable: Yucca Pad AZRU8-2799 (2006)
  34. Perishable: Yucca Pads AZRU8-799 (2006)
  35. Perishable: Yucca Plant AMNH 29.0/8416 (2006)
  36. Perishable: Yucca Plant AZRU8-2832 (2006)
  37. Perishable: Yucca Quid AMNH 29.0/9968 (2006)
  38. Perishable: Yucca Quid AZRU8-2844 (2006)
  39. Perishable: Yucca Root AZRU8-2845 (2006)
  40. Perishable: Yucca Roots AZRU8-797 (2006)
  41. Perishable: Yucca Tie AZRU8-2852 (2006)
  42. Perishable: Yucca Tie AZRU8-2853 (2006)
  43. Perishable: Yucca Tie AZRU8-2858 (2006)
  44. Perishable: Yucca Ties AZRU8-2851 (2006)
  45. Perishable: Yucca Ties AZRU8-2854 (2006)
  46. Perishable: Yucca Ties AZRU8-2859 (2006)
  47. Perishable: Yucca Ties AZRU8-2860 (2006)
  48. Perishable: Yucca Ties AZRU8-2861 (2006)
  49. Perishable: Yucca Ties AZRU8-2862 (2006)
  50. Perishable: Yucca Ties AZRU8-2863 (2006)
  51. Perishable: Yucca Yarn AMNH 29.0/5272 (2006)
  52. Perishable: Yucca Yarn AMNH 29.0/7729 (2006)
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