Mahoney, Nancy M.
KeywordsPueblo Indians -- Antiquities.
Chaco Canyon (N.M.) -- Antiquities.
Pueblo Indians -- Social life and customs.
Southwest, New -- Antiquities.
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DescriptionBeginning in the tenth century, Chaco Canyon emerged as an important center whose influence shaped subsequent cultural developments throughout the Four Corners area of the American Southwest. Archaeologists investigating the prehistory of Chaco Canyon have long been impressed by its massive architecture, evidence of widespread trading activities, and ancient roadways that extended across the region. Research on Chaco Canyon today is focused on what the remains indicate about the social, political, and ideological organization of the Chacoan people. Communities with great houses located some distance away are of particular interest, because determining how and why peripheral areas became associated with the central canyon provides insight into the evolution of the Chacoan tradition. This volume brings together twelve chapters by archaeologists who suggest that the relationship between Chaco Canyon and outlying communities was not only complex but highly variable. Their new research reveals that the most distant groups may have simply appropriated Chacoan symbolism for influencing local social and political relationships, whereas many of the nearest communities appear to have interacted closely with the central canyon--perhaps even living there on a seasonal basis. The multifaceted approach taken by these authors provides different and refreshing perspectives on Chaco. Their contributions offer new insight into what a Chacoan community is and shed light on the nature of interactions among prehistoric communities. "The multifaceted approach . . . provides different and sometimes refreshing perspectives on Chaco. Their contributions offer new insight into what a Chacoan community is, and they shed new light on the nature of interactions among prehistoric communities." —Traditional Dwellings & Settlements Review
Table of ContentsPreface - John Kantner and Nancy M. Mahoney / Acknowledgments / Chacoan Archaeology and Great House Communities - Nancy M. Mahoney and John Kantner / Part 1: Defining the Chacoan Great House Communities / Redefining the Scale of Chacoan Communities - Nancy M. Mahoney / Peach Springs Revisited: Surface Recording and Excavation on the South Chaco Slope, New Mexico - Dennis Gilpin and David E. Purcell / Surnrise, Sunset: Sedentism and Mobility in the Chaco East Community - Thomas C. Windes, Rachel M. Anderson, Brian K. Johnson and Cheryl A. Ford / Part 2: The Relationship Between Great House Communities and Chaco Canyon / Chaco Outlier or Backwoods Pretender? A Provincial Great House at Edge of the Cedars Ruin, Utah - Wiliam B. Hurst / Chacoan and Local Influences in Three Great House Communities in the Northern San Juan Region - Joseph Peter Jalbert and Catherine Cameron / Chacoan Ritual Landscapes: The View From Red Mesa Valley - Ruth M. Van Dyke / Notes from the Edge: Settlement Pattern Changes at the Guadalupe Community - Stephen R. Durand and Kathy Roler Durand / Part 3: Economic and Sociopolitical Relationship Outside of Chaco Canyon / Household Economic Autonomy and Great House Development in the Lowry Area - James W. Kendrick and W. James Judge / Interaction Among Great House Communities: An Elemental Analysis of Cibolan Ceramics - John Kantner, Nathan Bower, Jeffrey Ladwig, Jacob Perlitz, Steve Hata, and Darren Greve / Part 4: Great House Communities in the Prehistory of the American Southwest / Communities and the Chacoan Regional System - Mark D. Varien / Great! Stephen H. Lekson / References / Index / Abstract, Resumen