Geoarchaeological scale and archaeological interpretation: examples from the central Jornada Mogollon

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Examines the effects of traditional operating scales in North American archaeology and Quaternary geology on archaeological interpretation. An apparent emphasis on landscape-scale geoarchaeological studies has underemphasized the potentially significant role of small-scale geological processes on archaeological interpretation. In general, archaeological and geological collaboration has occurred at a scale where archaeological and geological research objectives are most obviously coincident, at landscape scales. The interpretive potential for small-scale geoarchaeological analyses is demonstrated using archaeological and geological data from the Jornada Mogollon territory in New Mexico and Texas. Three characteristics, artifact density, site size, and recognition of reoccupied locales, play an important role in the classification of Jornada Mogollon sites. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-28
Number of pages18
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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