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Tree-ring chronological analysis of Ancestral Puebloan transitions in the Flagstaff Area

McCloskey, Galen Lee (2018) Tree-ring chronological analysis of Ancestral Puebloan transitions in the Flagstaff Area. Masters thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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The chronology of prehistoric cultural developments within the American Southwest has been a subject of interest and debate since the archaeologists began to study the region. Although archaeologists have recognized patterns of aggregation throughout the Southwest, the degree to which the patterns are synchronous through prehistory remains uncertain. My thesis research focuses on the development of a cultural chronology of the prehistoric Flagstaff area ranging from A.D. 650 to A.D. 1400, which I construct using tree-ring data and compare to a MCD chronology. I compiled data from three quadrangles ranging from 34° to 36° north, and 111° to 113° west, which includes dates and ceramic typologies from multiple projects. The results reveal several problems with regional tree-ring chronology datasets, related to site representation in the dataset, problems with tree-ring interpretations, and potential problems with sample bias.

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: Chronology; Dendrochronology; Flagstaff; Sinagua; Transitions; Tree-ring
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 19:47
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5456

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