Title

Using Residue Analysis to Explore Household Activities at the Harris Site, Mimbres Valley, New Mexico

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-23-2018

Publication Title

Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports

Volume

19

First page number:

270

Last page number:

278

Abstract

This paper uses data obtained from several different kinds of residue analyses to explore household activities and evaluate differences and similarities between households at the Harris Site, a Late Pithouse period (550–1000 CE) site located in the Mimbres River Valley of southwestern New Mexico. We used three different methods to explore these topics: lipid analysis from ceramic vessels, spot tests of fatty acids from pithouses, and FTIR from several artifact classes. The results were somewhat mixed, with information obtained on food processing, diet, and formation processes, but in the long run they have provided data that can be used in concert with other analysis data to document household activities and similarities and differences between households through time.

Disciplines

Archaeological Anthropology

Language

English

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