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The Odd, the Unusual, and the StrangeBioarchaeological Explorations of Atypical Burials$
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Tracy K. Betsinger, Amy B. Scott, and Anastasia Tsaliki

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401032

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401032.001.0001

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Interpreting a Multiple Burial in an Early Ancestral Pueblo Village

Interpreting a Multiple Burial in an Early Ancestral Pueblo Village

(p.44) 3 Interpreting a Multiple Burial in an Early Ancestral Pueblo Village
The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange

Ann L. W. Stodder

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes a multiple burial on a house floor in an early Ancestral Pueblo Village in Southwestern Colorado. A survey of contemporary burials in Pueblo I (AD 700–900) villages reveals that house burials from this period are not common, but neither are they unique or uniform. Tracking thirty years of interpretation of this burial points to the importance of fine-grained contextual taphonomy, and suggests that we expand the scope of what is considered to be normative burial and body position. The changing archaeological interpretation of this Mesa Verde Region burial highlights the place of mortuary treatment in the evolving narrative of the political and social history of large early villages.

Keywords:   Ancestral Pueblo, House burial, Pueblo I, Mesa Verde Region, Taphonomy

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