Philosophy - Ballcourt Notes

Philosophy Ballcourt Notes

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Unformatted text preview: Rock Ballcourt in Gila Bend contained only a center marker conspicuously located off center (Wasley and Johnson 1965:8) • Ballcourt at Buttes Dam contained no features at all (Wasley and Benham 1968) • Court 2 at Snaketown possessed the expected three markers but also had to burned posts and a Sacaton Red- on- buff bowl resting on the floor (Gladwin et al. 1938:42) • Cushing suggests that they were “sun temples” with roofed superstructures of basketry and poles (Cushing 1890:166) • Consistent occurrence of posthole patterns with burned posts and the evidence of burned floors clearly suggest that we must seriously consider Cushing’s inference (103) • Evidence for burned posts in several Hohokam ballcourts is difficult to explain without the presence of some type of roof. Unless they were soaked in a flammable liquid or surrounded by a stack of fuel, it is unlikely that free standing posts in an open court would burn (103) • On the other hand, it seems equally unlikely that any of these courts had very substantial roofs or walls (103) • Generally, ballcourts contain only burned posts or fire- reddened patches around postholes (103) Ritual Center • Multi- functional features possibly with ritual activities related to various stages in the uselife of the courts....
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