Utah Archaeology 2005, Volume 18, Number 1
CONTENTS OF ISSUE
- Range Creek Photo Essay by Corrine Springer and Shannon Boomgarden
- Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis of Snake Valley series Ceramics from Southwestern Utah by Alan D. Reed and Robert J. Speakman
A sample of 117 Snake Valley series shards from southwestern Utah was subjected to Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). INAA was successful in identifying seven compositional groups, each of which is thought to represent a discrete manufacturing locus. One compositional group was identified in each of the site samples. Because the project sites are spread along a 221-kilometer segment of the pipeline corridor, it is likely the Group 7 ceramics were distributed through trade. The occurrence of Snake Valley series pottery at East Fork Village, a project site situated outside the core area of Snake Valley series production, is also attributed to exchange.
- Late Prehistoric Pottery: Toward a Ceramic Tradition in the Southeast Great Basin by Breton D. Friel
Late Prehistoric Ceramics in the southeastern Great Basin have often been considered highly variable. These ceramics are presumably material remains left behind by Numic speaking groups such as the Southern Paiute. Madsen (1986) argued that these Numic speakers spread northward, entering southern Utah by A.D. 1100 or earlier and reaching northern Utah by about A.D. 1300. However, Madsen based this claim on radiocarbon dates from multi-component rockshelters, which can have problematic stratigraphy. More reliable dates have since been obtained, which suggest that this spread may have actually occurred significantly later than proposed by Madsen. In addition, these ceramics are not as highly variable as has been suggested and reflect some cultural cohesion.
- The Highland Cabin Site by Richard Hansen
The historic Highland Cabin Site is the oldest known cabin in Highland, Utah. Archaeological investigation of the site revealed historic means of putting out fires and storing perishables. The simplest techniques to put out a fire are to throw dirt on it or pour water on it, but the cabin site included a sixty-year old fire extinguisher. Historically, food was preserved by dehydration, storage in snow, ice boxes, or root cellars (Hackleman: 2005). Both of these concerns were addressed at the Highland Cabin.
- Troweling Through Time: The First Century of Mesa Verdean Archaeology by Florence C. Lister. Reviewed by Mark E. Stuart