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The distribution of ceramics from upland regions in Northern Arizona into Southern Nevada is one of the many curiosities concerning the Virgin Branch Puebloan culture. From the Shivwits Plateau, it is more than 100 kilometers to the Moapa Valley, yet Shivwits Wares make up a sizeable proportion of sherds found at many lowland sites. These networks appear to reach their height in the Middle Pueblo II period and then collapse sometime around AD 1150. The reason for this is not yet fully understood; however, research performed on the southern end of the Shivwits Plateau concerning landscape usage and settlement placement suggests that the collapse of the distribution networks is coincident with possible changes in subsistence strategies. These changes coincide with climate anomalies that occur prior to the secession of Puebloan culture traits in the region.
Ceramic Production Zones; Flexible Adaptation; Grand Canyon Prehistory; Settlement Patterns; Shivwits Plateau; Virgin Branch Puebloan Archaeology
Willis, William Morrow, "A Middle Pueblo II Production Zone for Shivwits Ware Ceramics: Implications for Understanding Settlement Patterns and Socio-Environmental Responses on the Shivwits Plateau" (2018). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3346.