By Paul E. Minnis, Michael E. Whalen
The Joint Casas Grandes excursion published the intense nature of this web site: huge structure, giant ball courts, ritual mounds, over a ton of shell artifacts, enormous quantities of skeletons of multicolored macaws and their pens, copper from west Mexico, and wealthy political and non secular lifestyles with Mesoamerican-related photographs and rituals. Paquimé used to be no longer one sole neighborhood yet used to be surrounded by means of 1000s of outlying villages within the zone, indicating a region that sustained hundreds of thousands of population and motivated teams a lot farther afield.
In get together of the Amerind Foundation’s 70th anniversary, 16 students with direct and colossal event in Casas Grandes archaeology current 9 chapters masking its economic system, chronology, historical past, faith, neighborhood association, and significance. the 2 ultimate chapters research Paquimé in broader geographic views. This quantity sheds new gentle on Casas Grandes/Paquimé, an excellent city well-adapted to its actual and monetary setting that disappeared ahead of Spanish contact.
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Sayles (1936). Donald Brand’s primary research was conducted for his doctoral dissertation in geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Sayles’s research was part of a wider effort by the Gila Pueblo, a private research foundation in Globe, Arizona, to document the regional variation of archaeological traditions throughout the NW/SW. Brand and Sayles described hundreds of archeological sites and conducted a little excavation. Robert Lister (1946, 1953, 1958) excavated cave sites in the Sierra Madre, just west of Casas Grandes, and Henry Carey (1931) tested sites in the Casas Grandes region.
Thus, resources from higher elevations and higher biotic zones are close to sites in the southern zone. The observed site distribution appears to hold true for the Viejo and Medio periods, although the amount of available relevant data varies by region. The physiographic and hydrological characteristics of the three southern regions and the intervening sierras have a striking effect on the clustering and distribution of pre-Hispanic settlements, as well as on modern populations. In the internally drained Babícora Basin with its large intermittent laguna, settlements clustered in side drainages where there was arable land and into the edges of the main basin along these arroyos.
If, however, the agriculture of the southern zone Medio Period continued with much the same technology as seen in the Viejo Period, while at least favored sections of the northern zone moved toward greater productivity with improved water control, then we might be looking at one of the variables involved in the apparent divergence of the northern and southern zones during the Medio Period. Cunningham (2009) suggests that this divergence was related to people being tied more firmly to land in the northern zone because of Medio Period investments in irrigation technology.