Date of Award

1-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Lawrence Conyers

Keywords

cultural transitions, Early Ceramic, Palmer Divide, rockshelter, Welcome Home Ranch

Abstract

Welcome Home Ranch rockshelter is located in the Palmer Divide region of Colorado. The archaeological evidence on site suggests that this rockshelter was occupied between the Late Archaic period (c. 1000 BC - AD 150) and Early Ceramic period (c. AD 150- 1150). Excavations at Welcome Home Ranch provided a dataset of lithics, ceramics, and features with which to test ideas about prehistoric life during this transitional time frame between the Archaic stage and the Late Prehistoric stage. It is during this transitional time period, c. AD 150, that the Palmer Divide region and its prehistoric residents experienced a variable climate, a change in demographics, technology, settlement, and economy. Through a combination of methods and methodologies, this paper seeks to use Welcome Home Ranch as a case study in order to test hypotheses surrounding these changes in prehistoric life.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Katherine Mayo

File size

269 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Archaeology

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