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Using Ground-Penetrating Radar to Analyze Interior Details of a Hohokam Dwelling to Test Ideas About Cultural Change and Community Dynamics in 10th Century Southern Arizona, USA

Lawrence B. Conyers
p. 31-34

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– Integration of two-dimensional and three-dimensional images can define house features in buried dwellings.

– Placement and number of interior features allows for determination of duration of occupancy.

– Results of many GPR studies of houses of a specific age over a broad landscape can test ideas about community dynamics in the ancient Hohokam world.

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For the last few decades archaeological research in North America has explored ancient households within larger communities to understand individual economic units and broader social interactions in general (Roth, 2000). Here I have used ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to analyze one small house in southern Arizona, which dates to the Rincon Phase of the Pre-Classic Hohokam (AD 950-1150) to identify architectural components, which can be used to assess cultural attributes of these ancient people. Using GPR analysis of reflection profiles integrated with amplitude slice-maps, features within this dwelling were identified that denote human activities, household size and duration of residence. Those attributes of culture can be used to show how the occupants of this small house fit into the larger society, how long they lived at this location, and how that longevity was related to population growth dynamics. This can be accomplished without excavations, and in the future ana...

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Lawrence B. Conyers, « Using Ground-Penetrating Radar to Analyze Interior Details of a Hohokam Dwelling to Test Ideas About Cultural Change and Community Dynamics in 10th Century Southern Arizona, USA »ArcheoSciences, 45-1 | 2021, 31-34.

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Lawrence B. Conyers, « Using Ground-Penetrating Radar to Analyze Interior Details of a Hohokam Dwelling to Test Ideas About Cultural Change and Community Dynamics in 10th Century Southern Arizona, USA »ArcheoSciences [En ligne], 45-1 | 2021, mis en ligne le 16 août 2021, consulté le 27 septembre 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/archeosciences/8254 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/archeosciences.8254

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Lawrence B. Conyers

Department of Anthropology, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA

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