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Early Pithouse Villages of the Mimbres Valley and Beyond

Early Pithouse Villages of the Mimbres Valley and Beyond

The McAnally and Thompson Sites in Their Cultural and Ecological Contexts

Michael W. Diehl, Steven A. LeBlanc

ISBN 9780873652117

Publication date: 06/20/2001

Early Pithouse period villagers played a generative role in the cultural and historical sequence of the Mogollon region, which is best known for the stunning black-on-white pottery of the Classic Mimbres culture. This volume presents a complete report on the archaeology of two important Early Pithouse settlements located along the Rio Mimbres, including detailed accounts of the excavation units, depositional contexts, architectural details, radiocarbon dates, miscellaneous artifacts, and ceramic frequency distributions.

The Thomson and McAnally sites contain architecture, artifacts, and other remains of the earliest relatively sedentary horticulturalists to occupy this part of the Southwest. The authors synthesize the data about charges over time in the villagers’ lifestyle to develop a new chronology for the occupation of the region.


  • The latest of many important contributions to the science of anthropology and the archaeology of the Southwest that have—improbably—emerged from the vandal-ridden, archaeologically battered Mimbres Valley during the last quarter century.

    —J. J. Brody, author of Mimbres Painted Pottery


  • Steven A. LeBlanc is an archaeologist and former Director of Collections at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 160 pages
  • 7-5/16 x 10-1/2 inches
  • Peabody Museum Press