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Three Rivers as Transitional Zone: Considering a Collective Metanarrative in Pueblo Prehistory


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Three Rivers as Transitional Zone: Considering a Collective Metanarrative in Pueblo Prehistory

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dc.contributor.author Kline, Heather
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-27T21:11:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-27T21:11:35Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-27
dc.date.submitted July 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20989
dc.description.abstract The Three Rivers petroglyph site in what is presently south central New Mexico represents important concepts for the study of southwestern prehistory. This site has been studied to a limited degree from the perspective of archaeological site surveys that have categorically classified the motifs represented on the petroglyphs, but at this point very little is known about the cultures that lived and created art in the Three Rivers area. The iconography of these images is remarkably similar to that represented on ceramics at both Mimbres during the Classic period (ca. AD 1000-1150), as well as Casas Grandes during the Medio period (ca. AD 1275-1450). While these similarities cannot be approached systematically due to the decontextualized nature of their cultural ideations, it is possible to consider these similarities through explorations of a proposed metanarrative dependent upon shared cultural knowledge that was in some way transmitted between cultures. Through linguistic theories, archaeological semiotics, and comparative visual analysis, this thesis proposes that Three Rivers was one possible cultural link between Mimbres and Casas Grandes and that all three cultures shared a basic metanarrative that informed the expression of iconography on the media of rock art and ceramics. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject art, art history, Native American, petroglyphs, Mimbres, Casas Grandes en_US
dc.subject Three Rivers, New Mexico, Southwest en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (N.M.)
dc.subject.lcsh Mimbres culture
dc.subject.lcsh Casas Grandes culture
dc.subject.lcsh Mimbres pottery -- Themes, motives
dc.subject.lcsh Petroglyphs -- New Mexico --Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
dc.subject.lcsh Indian pottery -- Mexico -- Casas Grandes -- Themes, motives
dc.subject.lcsh Rock paintings -- New Mexico --Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
dc.subject.lcsh Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Three Rivers Petroglyph Site -- Antiquities
dc.title Three Rivers as Transitional Zone: Considering a Collective Metanarrative in Pueblo Prehistory en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Art History en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Art and Art History en_US
dc.description.advisor Szabo, Joyce
dc.description.committee-member Fry, Aaron
dc.description.committee-member Crown, Patricia

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