This paper is a summary of the methods and key results of my analysis of 7,997 sherds from 14 sites in Beef Basin, Utah. I discuss physical attributes of the collection, the results of mean ceramic dating, the results of neutron activation analysis, and the results of refiring a sample of nips in an oxidizing atmosphere. I briefly summarize the architecture at each site , as well as possible Fremont cultural material found in and near Beef Basin. I conclude that Beef Basin was likely occupied in the early Pueblo III period and that the occupation was sudden and brief. I determined that paste color can be used as a general indicator of clay procurement locale north of the Abajo Mountains, just as it is in the Comb Ridge vicinity (Glowacki et al. 2015), that there was ceramic production in Beef Basin using local materials, and that the people of Beef Basin had similar connections as, or connections with the east of the Comb Ridge area, as evinced by similar sources for light-paste ceramics found in both areas.
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Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Anthropology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Eckersley, Jaclyn Marie, "The Beef Basin Occupation as an Extension of the Northern San Region: An In-Depth Analysis of the Ceramics in Beef Basin, Utah" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 7061.
Native Americans, Ancestral Puebloan, Northern San Juan, Utah, Beef Basin, Chaco, Fremont, ceramics, Pueblo II, Pueblo III, neutron activation analysis, mean ceramic analysis