An Analysis of Fiber Perishables from the Promontory Caves, UT

  • Author / Creator
    Goldberg, Elizabeth A.
  • Recent analyses of the Promontory caves assemblages by Ives and colleagues (Billinger and Ives 2015; Hallson 2017; Ives 2014, 2020; Ives et al. 2014; Johansson 2013; Lakevold 2017, in press; Reilly 2015; Rhode, in press; Yanicki 2019, in press; Yanicki and Ives 2017) have renewed interest in Julian Steward’s (1937) hypothesis that the thirteenth century inhabitants of the Promontory caves had ties to Northern Dene language-speakers, thus shedding new light on Dene migration and Apachean origins. These studies have largely focused on the similarities between Northern Dene and Promontory moccasins and ceramics, but other artifact classes—namely fiber perishables—have yet to be examined. This study analyzes the Promontory caves’ fiber perishable collection and compares it to fiber perishables made by Subarctic and Southwestern Dene language-speakers, and documents intriguing ties to both in the form of twined mats and a unique form of cordage. The Promontory Culture assemblages also suggest the incorporation of neighboring Fremont ideas in the form of coiled basketry.

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    Fall 2020
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    Master of Arts
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