Archaeology of Bandelier National Monument: Village by Timothy A. Kohler

By Timothy A. Kohler

The pre-Hispanic pueblo settlements of the Pajarito Plateau, whose ruins could be noticeable this day at Bandelier nationwide Monument, date to the overdue 1100s and have been already loss of life out while the Spanish arrived within the 16th century. until eventually lately, little glossy clinical information on those websites was once available.

The essays during this quantity summarize the result of new excavation and survey learn in Bandelier, with particular cognizance to picking why higher websites look whilst and the place they do, and the way existence in those later villages and cities differed from lifestyles within the prior small hamlets that first dotted the Pajarito within the mid-1100s. Drawing on assets from archaeology, paleoethnobotany, geology, weather historical past, rock artwork, and oral heritage, the authors weave jointly the heritage of archaeology at the Plateau and the traditional and cultural historical past of its Puebloan peoples for the 4 centuries of its pre-Hispanic occupation.

Contributors contain Craig Allen (U. S. Geological Survey, Los Alamos, New Mexico), Sarah Herr (Desert Archaeology, Inc., Tucson, Arizona), F. Joan Mathien (National Park Service), Matthew J. Root (Rain Shadow examine and division of Anthropology, Washington Sate University), Nancy H. Olsen (Anthropology division and Intercultural reviews department, De Anza collage, Cupertino, California), Janet D. Orcutt (National Park Service), and Robert P. Powers (National Park Service).

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For example, data collected between July  and October  in a one-hectare, piñon-juniper woodland watershed in Bandelier show that over  percent of the total incident precipitation became surface runoff (Wilcox, Pitlick et al. ); the runoff occurred after  summer thunderstorms and one long-duration fall storm. Water can be found in “tinaja”-type rocky pools during much of the year at low elevations, and it is reasonable to suppose that ancestral Puebloans would have utilized such natural concentrations of storm runoff as water procurement areas.

Similarly, across the plateau water often seeps into bedrock drainages for hours or days when soils become saturated after major multiday storm events during the summer monsoon (personal observation; White ). In addition to perennial water sources, much surface water is available in small upland drainages as brief pulses of surface runoff following intense (summer) or longduration (occasional fall) rainfall events. For example, data collected between July  and October  in a one-hectare, piñon-juniper woodland watershed in Bandelier show that over  percent of the total incident precipitation became surface runoff (Wilcox, Pitlick et al.

Major ethnographies are available for all five of the still-inhabited eastern Keres pueblos. Especially notable are Charles Lange’s authoritative study of Cochiti () and Leslie White’s () monograph on Sia; White also published shorter reports on all the other eastern Keresan 12 / TI M OTHY A. KOH LE R pueblos except Cochiti. Robin Fox, a British social anthropologist, has written a detailed comparative overview of the eastern and western Keres (Fox ). In general, Eastern Keres share with the Tewa riverbank site location and a focus on irrigation agriculture; patrilineal nonexogamous moieties with social, political, and religious significance, each with its own managing and katsina societies; and medicine societies that crosscut moieties.

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