The Testimony of Hands


No. 36.36.1, finger ring
Casa Rinconada, Chaco Canyon (A.D. 1050–1150)
UNM field school collection
Photograph by B. Bernard

Except for the material, this ring is identical to ones sold today. Argillite is shale that was naturally baked, often by burning seams of coal. The resulting red stone was striking, yet by prehistoric standards it was fairly easy to work. The outside diameter of the ring is 1.9 centimeters (3/4 inch).

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