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Closure and Dedication Practices in the Homol’ovi Settlement Cluster, Northeastern Arizona

  • Charles E. Adams (a1)

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This paper explores material patterns of structure and village closure among several villages in the Homol’ovi Settlement Cluster on the Little Colorado River in northeastern Arizona, with special emphasis on Chevelon Pueblo. Excavations in nearly 200 structures within the cluster reveal a variety of closure practices, including burial of floors and floor features, structural burning, and object placement. It is argued that these patterns are part of a long Pueblo tradition of closure practices used, not to sever connections with a space, community, or landscape, but to continue material connections to these places. Some indications of dedication practices for plazas and features were uncovered at Homol’ovi I and will be discussed as part of broader memory-making practices within the community. Finally, a case will be made that the burning of Chevelon Pueblo may have been a purposeful act of forgetting.

Este trabajo explora los patrones materiales de terminado de estructuras y aldeas en varios poblados dentro de la agrupación de asentamientos Homol’ovi localizados sobre el Pequeño Río Colorado en el norte de Arizona, con especial énfasis en el Pueblo Chevelon. Las excavaciones en casi 200 estructuras dentro de la agrupación revelan una variedad de prácticas de terminado incluyendo enterramiento de pisos y elementos de pisos, quema estructural y colocación de objetos. Se argumenta que estos patrones forman parte de una antigua tradición Pueblo de prácticas de terminado utilizadas no con la finalidad de cortar conexiones con el espacio, comunidad o paisaje, sino para establecer esa conexión material con estos lugares. En Homol’ovi I se han encontrado algunas evidencias sobre prácticas de dedicación de plazas y elementos que serán discutidas como parte de las prácticas generales de creación de memoria dentro de la comunidad. Por último, se argumenta que la quema realizada en el Pueblo Chevelon pudo haber sido un acto intencional de olvido.

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