May. 5, 2020


Ph.D. student Maryann Calleja defended her dissertation as the culmination of her doctoral experience! Her dissertation investigates the impact of migration on health, violence and identity in Point of Pines Pueblo.

Title: An Integrative Assessment of Post-Migratory Health and Violence at Point of Pines Pueblo (A.D. 1265-1450)

Abstract: Previous researchers have established the Point of Pines region as a zone of interaction between multiple cultural groups. Ancient Mogollon, Kayenta Ancestral Pueblo, and Hohokam maintained relationships in this area for an extensive period of time. They converged upon the region to exchange goods, share ideas, and to live. Exactly how long this interaction occurred before the Pueblo at Point of Pines is not known. Haury (1985) and Lindsay (1987) suggested that post-migratory co-residence of at least two of these groups at Point of Pines Pueblo resulted in violence. The primary objectives of this research were to conduct a biooarchaeological analysis of the osteological collection from Point of Pines in order to answer questions regarding health, violence, and identity in the face of migration. This study collected data on the osteological remains of 444 individuals from 5 different archaeological sites – Point of Pines Pueblo and two smaller associated sites, Kinishba, and Black Mesa. Overall, the results indicate that multiple cultural groups resided at Point of Pines Pueblo. Previous conclusions stating the presence of only one or two groups did not fully consider the fluidity of identity in a post-migration community. There are few indications of violence or trauma during the occupation at Point of Pines. This violence does not appear to be directed towards any one particular group based upon age, sex, geographic origin, or mortuary context. The only potential influence on violence was occupation. When compared to other sites, there were fewer severe pathological conditions. Those that were found could be associated with increased populations and a greater reliance upon agricultural foods.