Master of Arts (MA)
Anthropology and Ethnic Studies
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Roasting pits in southern Nevada are commonly thought to have functioned to process agave. This assumption is based on the presence of agave quids, the proximity of roasting pits to agave stands, and on ethnographic accounts of agave roasting. Soil samples from two roasting pit complexes confirm this contention, and suggest a secondary use of the features to singe spines off cacti. These conclusions are supported by research on Arizona Strip and Hohokam roasting pits.
Anasazi; Comparison; Complexes; Nevada; Paiute; Pit; Roasting; Southern; Southern Paiute; Agave
Archaeology; Ethnology; Indians of North America--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Vonsleichter, Connie Langford, "A comparison of roasting pit complexes in southern Nevada" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3308.
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