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From water to land: Analysis of prehistoric shell from Wupatki Pueblo

Covert, Alexandra (2018) From water to land: Analysis of prehistoric shell from Wupatki Pueblo. Masters thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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This thesis specifically examines prehistoric shell artifacts recovered from excavations at Wupatki Pueblo, an Ancestral Puebloan site located in northern Arizona. The shell artifacts from Wupatki Pueblo were analyzed in order to accurately determine the genus and species, artifact types, and uses of shell. By looking at manufacturing techniques, this research determined if the Hohokam traded or brought shell artifacts to Wupatki Pueblo as finished products or if shell manufacturing occurred at Wupatki Pueblo. To determine the significance of shell artifacts at Wupatki Pueblo, the shell assemblage was compared to shell assemblages from Sinagua sites and Hohokam shell manufacturing sites. Ultimately, this research adds valuable information about trade, migration, and social networks between the Hohokam, Sinagua, and Ancestral Puebloans, which is important to the understandings of function, complexity, ideology, adaptation, resilience, and the foundation of modern Pueblo cultures.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Publisher’s Statement: © Copyright is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Keywords: Ancestral Pueblo; Hohokam; Shell; Sinagua; Trade; Wupatki Pueblo
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Social and Behavioral Science > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 20:23
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5418

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