I am a Ph.D. student focusing on the demographic and social transformations in the Mimbres region between A.D. 1150 to 1450. During the transition from the Classic Mimbres (A.D. 1000-1130/1150) to the Black Mountain phase (provisionally dated A.D. late 1100s/early 1200s-1300), the region saw a decrease, relocation, or possible replacement of populations that was accompanied by a transformation in social identity indicated by new material culture and the reorganization of local and regional social/political/economic networks. There was a second transition around A.D. 1300 from the Black Mountain phase to the Cliff phase. This transition is noted by an increase in Salado and Chihuahuan Polychrome ceramics. My research aims to refine the chronology, scale, and nature of the transformation seen in the Mimbres region ca. A.D. 1130/1150 through my excavation research at the Black Mountain site (LA 49). I received my Master’s in the Museum and Field Studies program at CU. For my thesis research, I utilized museum collections from the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History to investigate the distribution and function of Mesa Verde style mugs across the Southwest.
Over the last two years, I have been conducting preliminary research at the Black Mountain site (LA 49), the largest known Black Mountain phase (provisionally dated A.D. late 1100s/early 1200s-1300) site in the Mimbres region. I received funding from the Lewis and Clark Fund through the American Philosophical Society and the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant to conduct research field research and laboratory analysis. Now that field work is complete, I am focusing on laboratory analysis. During the spring of 2013, I spent 6 weeks at Texas A&M to focus on my ceramic analysis.