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Introduction: The Deposition and Manipulation of Ash in the Past
E. Charles Adams and Barbara J. Roth

Part I: Ash as a Transformative Agent

Chapter 1. The Ritual Closing of Domestic Structures in the Mimbres Mogollon Region
Barbara J. Roth

Chapter 2. Complex Closure Practices Involving Ash at a Small Pueblo in Northeastern Arizona
E. Charles Adams

Chapter 3. Sequencing Termination Events: Preparing Hearths for the Ritual Decommissioning of Ancestral Pueblo Pit Structures in the Northern U.S. Southwest
Susan C. Ryan

Chapter 4. Symbolic Associations: Assessing the Co-occurrence of Turquoise and Ash in the Ancient U.S. Southwest
Samantha G. Fladd, Saul L. Hedquist, E. Charles Adams, and Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa

Chapter 5. Fire, Ash and Sanctuary: Pyrotechnology as Protection in the Pre-Colonial Northern Rio Grande
Michael A. Adler

Chapter 6. Burned Roofs and Cultural Traditions: Renewing and Closing Houses in the Ancient Villages of the Middle Fraser Canyon, British Columbia
Anna Marie Prentiss, Alysha Edwards, Ashley Hampton, Ethan Ryan, Kathryn Bobolinski, and Emma Vance

Chapter 7. Agentive Ash and Dispersed Power in the Cahokia Mississippian World
Melissa R. Baltus and Sarah E. Baires

Chapter 8. Townhouses, Hearths, Fire, Smoke, Ash, and Cherokee Towns in Western North Carolina
Christopher B. Rodning

Chapter 9. Ash as an Agent of Transformation in Iroquoian Society
William Fox

Part II: Ash and Ritual

Chapter 10. Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust in Caddoan Mortuary Ritual
Marvin Kay

Chapter 11. Ashes for Fertility
Cheryl Claassen

Chapter 12. Ashes, Arrows, and Sorcerers
William H. Walker and Judy Berryman

Chapter 13. Divine Food and Fiery Covenants: The Significance of Ash in Ancient Maya Religion
James L. Fitzsimmons

Tammy Stone

Agent of Change

The Deposition and Manipulation of Ash in the Past

Edited by Barbara J. Roth and E. Charles Adams
Afterword by Tammy Stone

256 pages, 50 illus., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-036-6 Hb Published (March 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-037-3 eBook