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Barbara Mills' Ceramics Data and Notes

Identifier: Coll 0036

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File units consist almost exclusively of computer data sheets. Any notes are usually of data to be entered into the computer.


  • 1983-1986 (bulk dates: 1985)


Biographical / Historical


Records and notes most likely for Mills' chapter for the Additional Land Survey, possibly also used for her dissertation on ceramics. ADL's "Regional Patterns of Ceramic Variability in the San Juan Basin: Ceramics of the Chaco Additions Inventory Survey 1986" is located in COLL 003/004 Folder 8. These file units contain the computerized data used in this publication. Introduction by Mills: "This chapter reports on the analysis of data on 77,323 ceramic artifacts from 709 sites and 1154 separate proveniences recorded during the inventory survey. The primary goals of the analysis are threefold, and each one of these research goals structures a major section of this chapter. The first goal is to describe the ceramic data base with respect to its spatial, temporal, and traditional ceramic typological variables. The second goal of the analysis is to identify patterns of ceramic production and distribution. Using a limited number of attributes, production and distribution patterns are identified and the implications of these patterns for models of ceramic trade and exchange in the San Juan Basin are explored. The final goal of the analysis is to identify functional patterning in the ceramic assemblages. Interpretations of site function are made on the basis of assemblage patterns and these interpretations are compared with the site and feature type assignments made in the field." Barbara Mills is an archeologist whose research interests include Southwest archaeology, American Indian ceramics, archaeologies of inequality related to gender and colonialism, migration, identity and heritage preservation. She has taught at the University of Arizona since 1991 and from 1993 to 2004 Mills directed the UA Archaeological Field School, where she worked on heritage projects with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the Hopi Tribe and the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests. In 2008, Barbara Mills became the seventh anthropology department head at The University of Arizona, one of the world's best-known anthropology programs, and the first woman to hold that post.


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Provenance: Barbara J. Mills
Finding Aid for Barbara Mills' Ceramics Data and Notes
Coll 0036
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, National Park Service
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