In July 2018, I learned that I have been awarded a Dissertation Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation, which will fund radiocarbon dating of organic samples from the Aztec North great house. These dates will, I hope, establish the construction and occupation dates for this site and help in reconstructing the development over time of the Aztec Ruins cultural landscape. The abstract for the grant is here.
What have we learned so far?
Check out Notes From a Field Season at Aztec North, ablog post I wrote for Archaeology Southwest about our project. Listen to a 5-minute Archaeology Podcast Network episode in which I was interviewed about our project Read the poster we presented at the 2016 Pecos Conference See my MA thesis analyzing surface ceramics from Aztec North
The field crew. From left: Kellam Throgmorton, Maxwell Forton, Samuel Stansel, Me, Josh Jones, Dr. Ruth Van Dyke, Stephen Matt (Aztec Ruins NPS archaeologist), Dr. Lubna Omar, Dr. Randall McGuire, Lori Reed (Aztec Ruins NPS archaeologist). Several visiting archaeologists also generously volunteered their time to help us dig: Gary Brown, Donna Brown, Shanna Diederichs, Donna Glowacki, Blythe Morrison, and Chuck Riggs. Many others visited the site and shared their knowledge and experience.
Since excavation was completed, a number of professional archaeologists have volunteered their time and expertise to analyze artifacts. These include Kellam Throgmorton (lithics), Dr. Lubna Omar (faunal), Nikki Berkebile and Dr. Karen Adams (archaeobotany). In addition, our obsidian artifacts were analyzed by Jeffrey Ferguson of the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri. Dr. David Mixter has been conducting statistical analysis relating to the radiocarbon dating.
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Aztec Ruins National Monument not only supported our proposed archaeological testing, but they also provided incredible support and logistical help. Special thanks to Larry Turk, Aron Adams, Lori Reed, Stephen Matt, Joanne Young, Jeffery Wharton, and Vern Hensler. You can't visit our excavation site, but Aztec Ruins is a wonderful place to visit. Check out the park's website for directions and information!