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

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SHABIK'ESHCHEE VILLAGE

THE RUINS

Shabik'eshchee village was located on top of the mesa which forms the southern wall of the canyon 9 miles (14.49 k.) east of the great pueblo ruins of Bonito and Chettro Kettle. It was very close to the edge of the escarpment and originally consisted of 18 houses, a small court, a large circular ceremonial structure or kiva, and 48 storage bins.

Before excavations were started the only surface evidence that the remains of a once thriving community lay buried beneath the sand was in the slightly projecting tops of a few of the stone slabs used in the construction of the storage cists and in the scattered fragments of pottery. There were no indications of houses or kivas. Soon after work was commenced the trenches began to reveal the remains of crude one-room domiciles, and at the end of the season there stood exposed to view all that was left of a small village, one in which the dwellings followed the curve of the mesa top, extending northeast and southeast from an almost central kiva. (Pl. 1.)

The houses had indeed been primitive. They had consisted of a circular, oval, or rectangular excavation roofed over with a pole, brush, and plaster superstructure. The earth walls of the excavation were covered with thick plaster made from adobe which occasionally had a slight admixture of ashes. Oftentimes large stone slabs were used to line the excavation. When this was done the plaster was applied to the faces of the slabs. It was this use of stone slabs which led, in earlier reports on this cultural stage, to widespread references to the slab-house people. Close to the house in most cases were small circular, oval, or rectangular pits in which the corn, raised on the canyon floor below, was stored. These, too, had had pole, brush, and plaster coverings.


HOUSE A

A good example of the rectangular dwelling was found in house A. (Pl. 2, a; fig. 1.) All that remained was the excavation, but there was sufficient evidence in the débris-filled interior to indicate what the structure had been like. Large slabs had been used to line one and portions of two other sides of the excavation, the remainder having had the plaster applied directly to the native earth.

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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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