Broken K Pueblo, Arizona, USA

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A large single‐storey masonry pueblo east of Snowflake, investigated in the late 1960s by James N. Hill using approaches and methods exemplary of the New Archaeology of the time.

The pueblo has 95 rooms, dating mainly to the 13th century ad. Three types of room were distinguished on the basis of plan, location, and content. The largest rooms had fire‐pits and corn grinders and were probably the main domestic areas. Smaller rooms without fire‐pits were for storage. The third kind of room was rather rare and sunk below ground level. They contained benches and wall niches and were interpreted as ceremonial places.

Pottery from the site suggested that two social or residential groups lived at the site.


J. N. Hill, 1970, Broken K Pueblo: prehistoric social organization in the American southwest. Tucson: University of Arizona Press

Subjects: Archaeology.

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