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Midden Circles versus Mescal Pits

  • John W. Greer (a1)


An important distinction is here made between two types of Southwestern sites, each of which appears on the surface as a doughnut-shaped midden of burned rock with a depressed ashy center. "Midden circles" are debris thrown back from a central hearth lying on the ground surface. "Mescal pits" have central pits dug below the natural ground surface and are the remains of earth ovens.



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Castetter, Edward F., Bell, Willis H., and Grove, Alvin R. 1938 Ethnobiological Studies in the American Southwest, VI: The Early Utilization and the Distribution of Agave in the American Southwest. University of New Mexico Bulletin, Biological Series, Vol. 5, No. 4. Albuquerque.
Greer, John W. and Peterson, Edward 1964 The Cammack Sotol Pit, Val Verde County, Texas. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin.
Mera, H. P. 1933 “Mescal Pits” — A Misnomer. Science, Vol. 77, No. 1989, pp. 1699. Philadelphia.

Midden Circles versus Mescal Pits

  • John W. Greer (a1)


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