Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The use of faunal remains for identifying shifts in pit structure function in the Mesa Verde region: A case study from Goodman Point
by Winstead, Christy, M.S., University of North Texas, 2015, 108; 10034767
Abstract (Summary)

The archaeofaunal remains left by the Ancestral Puebloan people of Goodman Point Unit provides a valuable, yet underutilized resource into pit structure function. This thesis explores temporal changes in pit structure use and evaluates if a final feast occurred during a kiva decommissioning. The results from zooarchaeological analyses of a pithouse and two great kivas suggest that changes in pit structures at Goodman Point mimic the regional trend toward specialization until late Pueblo III. Cross-cultural studies on feasts, southwest ethnographies and previous zooarchaeological work established methods for identifying a feast. The analysis of differences in faunal remains from a great kiva and multiple room block middens imply that the remains in the kiva were from a final feast prior to a decommissioning ceremony and were not fill. Spatially and temporally the great kiva appears to be a unique, specialized structure in the cultural development of the Goodman Point community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wolverton, Steve
School: University of North Texas
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: American Southwest, Ancestral Puebloans, Kiras, Mesa Verde, Pit structure, Zooarchaeology
Publication Number: 10034767
ISBN: 978-1-339-53862-4
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