By Frederick W. Lange, Nancy Mahaney, Mark L. Chenault, Joe Ben Wheat
Eightvo, [20cm/8inches], paperback with pictorial covers, pp. xi, sixty two. absolutely illustrated with sketches and b-w halftones
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Nancy Mahaney) Page vii PREFACE Joe Ben Wheat's interest in the Yellow Jacket area was an outgrowth of an already developed interest in the Basketmaker period of the Anasazi culture. This interest developed while he was doing dissertaton research on ruins of the same period in the Mogollon area of Arizona; it later brought him to the University of Colorado Museum. There, Earl H. Morris had long been conducting research on Anasazi culture and artifacts. Although Joe never actually worked with Morris, he learned a great deal from informal contacts with the veteran southwestern archaeologist.
These small artifacts are generally flat, polished stone ornaments, but some were also fashioned from ceramic discs. A few "animal" or "avian" shaped pendants have also been recovered. A total of over 500 pendants have been found at 5MT-3, compared to the usual count of 15-20 pendants typically found at other southwestern sites. Excavations over many seasons have recovered pendants in various stages of production, as well as the tools used to make them. One third of the pendants are broken, suggesting that they were made by local artisans for local use and for trade to other groups for pottery, raw stone material, or perhaps even food stuffs.
Some day people will wonder about the meaning of the hula hoops, baseball bats, bottle openers, and other materials of our own culture! We try to teach our archaeology students to pause from time to time to consider the architectural wall or the stone tool and try to visualize the person or persons who created them. It is the task of archaeology to illuminate our understanding of prehistoric people, not simply to dig up abandoned ruins and broken pottery. Page 55 SUMMARY In more than three decades of University of Colorado Museum research in the Yellow Jacket area, the strategy of full-site excavation has been employed as much as possible.