The small, above-ground masonry structures of northwestern New Mexico called "pueblitos" first came to the attention of anthropologists in over a century ago. In 1920, the noted archaeologist A.V. Kidder hypothesized that these masonry structures might have been built by Puebloan refugees fleeing Spanish reprisals in the wake of the Spanish reconquest of New Mexico after the Pueblo Revolt, and he proposed that this hypothesis be tested. Over the next several decades, however, the hypothesis remained untested, but it became both accepted as established fact and the basis for most anthropological, archaeological, and historical reconstructions of Navajo history and cultural development.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Anthropology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sinkey, Leslie-Lynne, "The Pueblitos of Palluche Canyon: An Examination of the Ethnic Affiliation of the Pueblito Inhabitants and Results of Archaeological Survey at LA 9073, LA 10732 and LA 86895, New Mexico" (2004). Theses and Dissertations. 7.
archaeology, archeology, Navajo, Dinetah, ceramics, architecture, settlement patterns, community organization, Palluche Canyon, New Mexico, Pueblo Revolt, oral history, ethnohistory, Navajo history, pueblito, pueblitos, ethnic co-residence, Towa, Tewa, Tapacito, terrestrial photogrammetry, Largo Canyon, refugee hypothesis