Berman, Mary Jane. The Mesa Top Site: an early Mogollon village in southeastern Arizona

Table of Contents

Publication Information

Chapter I Introduction

Report Objectives

Problem Orientation And Archaeological Objectives


Site Description

Chapter Ii The Study Area: Environmental Setting And Occupational History

Introduction To The Biophysical Environment

Topography And Geology







Occupational History Of The Study Area

Past Research

Occupational History

Paleoindian And Archaic Periods

Formative Period

Protohistoric Period

Historic Period

Chapter Iii Methodology


Surface Collection Procedure

Excavation Procedure

Excavation Outside The Right-of-way


Chapter Iv Site Description



Community Organization

Social Structure

Pithouse Architecture (figures 10, 11a, 11b, 12; Plates 1, 2, 3)

House Forms And Construction

Shared Attributes

Dissimilar Attributes

Location Of Hearths (figures 13 – 17)




Cultural-historical Inferences

Activity Loci

Manufacturing Loci (figure 9)

Processing Loci (figure 8)


Chapter V Chipped Stone



Definition Of Terms And Attributes

Summary Statistics



Tool Use

Microwear Patterns

Differential Use Of Raw Material

Selection For Retouching

Selection For Use-modification

The Role Of Length In Determining Usage


Projectile Points (figure 18) (plate 4, F And G)

Choppers (plate 5)

Chapter Vi Ground Stone And Miscellaneous Artifacts


Manos (plates 6 And 7)



Metates (plate 8)



Miscellaneous Artifacts (plate 9)

Chapter Viii An Appraisal Of The Research Results

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Mesa Top Site: an early Mogollon village in southeastern Arizona

Published By: Original publisher [Las Cruces, New Mexico]: [New Mexico State University]. November 1978. vi, 244 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Mary Jane Berman

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Mogollon (NT85)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Archaeological excavation methods (1210); Settlement patterns (361); Dwellings (342); Heating and lighting equipment (354); Food preparation (252); Lithic industries (324); Refuse disposal and sanitary facilities (364);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Berman writes about the excavation, analysis, and findings from the Mesa Top site in eastern Arizona. This site was discovered during a survey for a public powerline. The site is an early pithouse village with two occupations. Found at the site were three pithouses, six hearths, two trash areas, three lithic manufacturing areas, and four food processing areas.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nt85-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Performed under State of Arizona Permit No. 77-04 Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-244)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1977

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist-4, 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sarah Berry; 2010

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1945±130 BP to 1440±180 BP (AD 55±130 to AD 560±180)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Mesa Top site, eastern Arizona, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mogollon culture//Indians of North America


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