Understanding the formation of the archaeological record: Ceramic variability at Chodistaas Pueblo, Arizona.
AuthorMontgomery, Barbara Klie.
Committee ChairReid, J. Jefferson
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractUnderstanding sources of variability in the archaeological record through the study of ceramic record formation is a prerequisite for inferring prehistoric human behavior. This study presents a program of investigation that: (1) provides analytical procedures for evaluating the representativeness of data sets so that they may be used to build reliable inferences concerning the past, and (2) provides a methodology for discovering behaviors associated with the occupation and abandonment of a settlement. Chodistaas Ruin (A.D. 1263-1290s), an 18-room pueblo located in the Grasshopper Region of Arizona, provides an ideal case study for illustrating this approach to variability in the archaeological record.