Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Tree-Ring Chronological Analysis of Ancestral Puebloan Transitions in the Flagstaff Area
by McCloskey, Galen Lee, M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2018, 227; 10821690
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Downum, Christian E.
Commitee: Smiley, Francis E., Towner, Ronald H., Vasquez, Miguel L.
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: Chronology, Dendrochronology, Flagstaff, Sinagua, Transitions, Tree-ring
Publication Number: 10821690
ISBN: 978-0-438-01564-7
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