The View from the Edge: The Proyecto Arqueológico Chihuahua (PAC) 1990 to 2010: An Overview

Jane H. Kelley, A. C. MacWilliams, Joe D. Stewart, Karen R. Adams, Jerimy J. Cunningham, Richard E. Garvin, J. M. Maillol, Paula J. Reimer, Danny Zborover

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The work of the Proyecto Arqueológico Chihuahua (PAC) has played an integral role in defining the origins and characteristics of the Chihuahua culture area, also known as the Casas Grandes Regional System. PAC has developed a critical suite of radiocarbon dates for the southern zone, undertaken the first substantial investigations of the Viejo period (ca. A.D. 800textendash1200 or 1250) since the early 1960s, and added to knowledge of the southern Medio period (ca. A.D. 1250textendash1450). The project has also elucidated the chronology, settlement patterns, subsistence strategies, and technology for both periods. Results of our research indicate continuity between the Viejo period, characterized by small pithouse settlements, and the pueblo focused Medio period in the southern zone, with some poorly understood external influences from both western Mesoamerica to the south and the American Southwest to the north shaping events within the area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-107
Number of pages26
JournalCanadian Journal of Archaeology
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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