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Southwest Mortuary Database Project: 2011 SAA E-Session: Mortuary Practices in the American Southwest: Meta-Data Issues in the Development of a Regional Database

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The study of prehistoric mortuary practices in the American Southwest is undergoing tremendous change in the new millennium. The challenges (and opportunities) of NAGPRA implementation, declines in the number of large samples being excavated, and loss of data from previously excavated samples have altered mortuary archaeology in the region. Given this state of affairs, the development of an integrated regional database of prehistoric mortuary practices is imperative. This session at the 76th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Sacramento, CA is devoted to the first stages of creating such a data set. Participants in the session will develop the frameworks and structures for building a regional mortuary database. The database that is developed will expand the potential for research with existing and future burial samples.

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Southwest Mortuary Database Project: 2011 SAA E-Session: Mortuary Practices in the American Southwest: Meta-Data Issues in the Development of a Regional Database. ( tDAR id: 5871) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8CV4K5Z


Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: -1600 to 1600

Spatial Coverage

min long: -114.741; min lat: 28.806 ; max long: -104.106; max lat: 38.307 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Project Director(s): Gordon Rakita ; M Scott Thompson

Resources Inside this Project (Viewing 1-22 of 22)


  1. Akins_Northern Rio Grande_Coding Sheet (2011)
  2. Akins_Northern Rio Grande_Paper_Exploring Mortuary Variability in the Northern Rio Grande (2011)
  3. Distance in Space and Time: Issues with a Mortuary Database of the First Farmers in the Southern Southwest (2011)
  4. Howell_Hawikku_Paper and Metadata_In With the Old: Examining Issues in Using Older Mortuary Data (2011)
  5. OHara_Sinagua_Paper_Creating Local and Regional Contexts for Understanding Sinagua Mortuary Practices (2011)
  6. OHara_Sinagua_Slides (2011)
  7. Rakita_The Mortuary Practices of the Casas Grandes Region: A Preliminary Database. (2011)
  8. Stodder_PI Mesa Verde_ALP Field Forms and Data Fields
  9. Stodder_PI Mesa Verde_Paper_Data and Metadata Issues in Documenting Pueblo I Mortuary Variation in the Mesa Verde Region (2011)
  10. Thompson_Salt River Valley_Metadata Tables_Variables and Variable States (2011)
  11. Thompson_Salt River Valley_Paper_A Preliminary Database of Hohokam Mortuary Practices in the Salt River Valley, Phoenix Basin, AZ (2011)


  1. Akins_Northern Rio Grande_Accompaniments and Ornaments_Table 4 (2011)
  2. Akins_Northern Rio Grande_Biological Data Sources_Table 2 (2011)
  3. Akins_Northern Rio Grande_Mortuary Data Sources_Table 1 (2011)
  4. Akins_Northern Rio Grande_Mortuary Patterns_Table 3 (2011)
  5. Rakita - Tables C through G (2011)
  6. Stodder_PI Mesa Verde_ALP PI Mortuary Data
  7. Stodder_PI Mesa Verde_Mortuary and Biological Data Sources (2011)
  8. Thompson_Salt River Valley_Body Treatment (2011)
  9. Thompson_Salt River Valley_Burial Facility (2011)
  10. Thompson_Salt River Valley_Mortuary Accompaniments
  11. Watson_Early Ag Period in the Sonoran Desert_Mortuary and Biological Data (2011)
Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America