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Ceramic Analysis of Sherd Collections from Hovenweep National Monument

Principal co-investigators: Mark Bond, Jonathan Till, Ben Bellorado
Abajo Archaeology, LLC

Hovenweep's ceramic collection is housed in three separate locations: the SEUG facility, the Anasazi Heritage Center, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology.

This project seeks to bring the collection to one place for examination, sort through the sherds, organize the data that can be gleaned from the ceramic collection, use the data to answer research questions and provide interpretive information, and put forward recommendations on particular sherds that are useful for additional, deeper study.

The data will help archeologists learn more about such topics as prehistoric ceramic exchange, and help to isolate the date ranges associated with Hovenweep sites. If an assemblage from a site is relatively large and has context, analysis may yield data that can look at site function.

Additional studies might also be able to address questions pertaining to ceramic technology. All of this data can then be used to develop interpretive programs and exhibits and help the Hovenweep visitor better understand the prehistory of the area.

Ceramic Analysis of Sherd Collections from Hovenweep National Monument Example of Hovenweep sherds
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