I have found these first few readings of chapters from Liebmann’s book to have been very fascinating. Since I do not have knowledge on the field of archaeology, these chapters have been very interesting and informative. This chapter continues on discussing filling in the gaps of history regarding the Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico in the seventeenth century. For this chapter, the author discusses the lack of information on the events that happened in the Pueblo world between 1681 and 1692. To do this, the author used archaeology of the Jamez Province to “fill in the blanks” of this gap in the records (Liebmann, 83). A particular area of interest was the Pueblo settlement of Patokwa.
What I found within this chapter is that archaeology can be used in amazing ways to gather information about the past. The author described how the way buildings were made in a particular area in a specific point of time can suggest the amount of people who settled in an area and even what purpose the settlement had for the people living there. For the case of Patokwa, archaeologists found that the homes there were built using a “ladder-type” technique, which is suppose to be very efficient and quick; this suggests that the people who moved to that area were a large group or groups (Liebmann, 90). Furthermore, the author points out that the settlement was likely built for a defensive purpose, since it was built with “central, enclosed plazas surrounded on all sides by inward-facing room blocks, Patokwa could have been fortified relatively quickly in the event of an enemy attack” (Liebmann, 95).
Sarah E Jones