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Mimbres Archaeology at the NAN Ranch Ruin Harry J. Shafer

Mimbres Archaeology at the NAN Ranch Ruin

Harry J. Shafer

Published April 5th 2004
ISBN : 9780826322043
Hardcover
297 pages
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Following two decades of excavations and research at the NAN Ranch Ruin in south-western New Mexico, Harry Shafer offers new information and interpretations of the rise and disappearance of the ancient Mimbres culture that thrived in the area fromMoreFollowing two decades of excavations and research at the NAN Ranch Ruin in south-western New Mexico, Harry Shafer offers new information and interpretations of the rise and disappearance of the ancient Mimbres culture that thrived in the area from about AD 600 to 1140. The NAN Ranch site gives evidence of a fascinating restructuring of Mimbres culture and society, owing to the introduction of irrigation agriculture in the late ninth century. The social restructuring that accompanied this shift in technology resulted in changes that are visible in architecture, mortuary practices, and ceramic decoration. The NAN Ranch ruin has yielded the largest body of evidence ever gathered at a single Mimbres site and thus offers the clearest picture to date of who the ancient Mimbrenos were in relation to their Anasazi and Hohokam neighbours to the north and east. Shafer introduces us to the Mimbres people, gives a history of archaeological research in the Mimbres Valley, and traces the occupation of the NAN Ranch site from pithouses to classic pueblo to abandonment. distinctive Mimbres designs in their ceramics, pottery, stone artefacts, textiles, and jewellery are all addressed in this comprehensive survey.