Four Corners Research-Archaeology in the Mesa Verde Region
San Juan Red Ware Sourcing and Exchange Project
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Blue Mountain in the background. Defensive site (circa AD 750-850 and AD 1200-1250) with long views. To date we have accomplished a complete full-documentation or redocumentation of approximately 40 village-level sites in SE Utah that have been identified as potential San Juan Red Ware production sources. The geochemical signatures of SJRW pottery at these sites are being compared to the geochemical signatures of clay arrays that lie within 2 km of each village. Several production locales that center on major villages have been identified.
Jackson's Bench and its massive prehistoric belt-loop road. Ceremonial complex was occupied during two periods circa AD 950-1050 and mid 1200s.
Circa AD 1100 great house built over the top of an Abajo Phase C-shaped pueblo house in Montezuma Canyon circa AD 750-825
San Juan Red Ware typology including provisional category of transitional early Deadman's B/r
Massive Recapture ceremonial complex with occupation from circa AD 750-850, AD 1000-1050 and AD 1200. The San Juan Red Ware production period lasted from about AD 750-1050. Most of the villages in our study area were occupied for only one or two generations and were often reoccupied later for another generation or two. Red ware pottery produced at several identified locales appear to have been the source of the clays and the potters who were producing vessels for export to southwestern Colorado and beyond.
Another defensively perched potential SJ Red Ware production source village (circa AD 750-850) with long views. Sleeping Ute Mountain in background. Red firing clays that were capable of being used to make red ware pottery for export were collected from nearby