Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Basketmaker III Colonization and the San Juan Frontier
by Diederichs, Shanna R., M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2016, 203; 10125347
Abstract (Summary)

Demographic expansion and colonization of new territories by agriculturalists is characteristic of Neolithic transitions around the world. The central San Juan region of the northern Southwest was first colonized by ancestral Pueblo farming populations during the Basketmaker III period (A.D. 500-725) after nearly 1000 years of avoidance by early farmers during the previous Basketmaker II period (500 B.C.-500 A.D.). This thesis examines the social processes that contributed to this demographic shift through historical reconstruction and an assessment of architecture and ritual features during colonization. These analyses demonstrate that what began as a socio-political boundary between culturally distinct populations was transformed by historical events and social adaptation into a multi-cultural colonization frontier organized around burgeoning social institutions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hays-Gilpin, Kelley
Commitee: Glowacki, Donna M., Lampe, Fredrick P., Moses, Sharon K.
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Department of Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: Ancestral Pueblo, Basketmaker III, Colonization, Neolithic transition, Resilience theory, Sipapu
Publication Number: 10125347
ISBN: 978-1-339-83428-3
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