Shabikeshchee Village: A Late Basket Maker Site in the Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

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SHABIK'ESHCHEE VILLAGE
A LATE BASKET MAKER SITE IN THE CHACO CANYON, NEW MEXICO

By FRANK H. H. ROBERTS Jr.


FOREWORD

During the summer of 1926, while engaged in excavating a small pueblo ruin in the upper Chaco Canyon, N. Mex., for the National Geographic Society's Pueblo Bonito Expedition, the writer discovered the remains of a number of storage cists on top of the mesa which forms the southern wall of the canyon at that place. Pottery fragments lying on the surface and the character of the cists themselves suggested that at one time the site had been occupied by a cruder, less highly developed people than those of the Pueblo cultures whose ruined villages, great communal centers, and refuse mounds are to be found in such abundance throughout the length and breadth of the Chaco district. Two houses and several storage cists were uncovered, but extensive examination of such a site was not provided for in the program of excavations then being brought to completion. It was felt, however, that greatly to be desired information on an imperfectly known phase of southwestern archeology was to be obtained by careful investigation of this mesa top. Consequently, when the opportunity for field work was presented in the summer of 1927 the Chaco Canyon site was chosen.

The remains of the village had never been reported and it was unnamed. At the foot of the trail leading up to the site is a large rock upon which the Navahos have pecked a sun symbol. Navaho workmen employed in the excavations referred to the location as Sun Picture place. This has been deemed as fitting a name as any that could be applied to the one-time community. Hence the designation Shabik'eshchee village.

The writer wishes to thank Mr. Neil M. Judd, director of the National Geographic Society's Pueblo Bonito Expedition, who contributed in no small measure to the success of the summer's investigations by sharing his camp as well as transportation equipment with the Bureau of American Ethnology Expedition. Because of this kindness and whole-hearted cooperation much more was accomplished than would have been possible had the maintenance of a separate camp been necessary.

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • SHABIK'ESHCHEE VILLAGE - A LATE BASKET MAKER SITE IN THE CHACO CANYON, NEW MEXICO 1
  • Introduction 2
  • SHABIK'ESHCHEE VILLAGE 10
  • Appendix - CATALOGUE NUMBER AND PROVENIENCE OF OBJECTS ILLUSTRATED 151
  • Bibliography 155
  • Index 159
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