Split-Twig Figurines from Northern Arizona: New Radiocarbon Dates

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Science  16 Apr 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3668, pp. 368-369
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3668.368


Recently released radiocarbon dates for split-twig figurines from Marble Canyon, Arizona, are 4095 ± 100 years ago; they substantiate previously determined dates of 3530 ± 300 and 3100 ± 110 years ago. A recently excavated site in Walnut Canyon, Arizona, extends the geographical range of the figurines. The dates of samples from this site are 3500 ± 100 and 3880 ± 90 years ago. It is hypothesized that the figurines were magicoreligious artifacts related to the Pinto complex of the Desert Culture.