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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter discusses the procurement of clay, temper, and mineral pigments (including lead) used to make pottery, as well as tool stone, salt, and turquoise, by people in the Southwest. This chapter also discusses the distribution of these minerals and the analytical means used by archaeologists to source them. Some of these materials were available near residences, while others were located at greater distances, requiring trade relationships or sojourns to acquire. When resources were procured from considerable distances, their procurement was often enmeshed in ritual. The procurement and circulation of these resources are critical to models of social, political, and economic interaction in Southwest archaeology.

Keywords: Southwest, archaeology, minerals, turquoise, trade, pottery

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