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James-Abels Collection, is housed at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Other examples of
               basketry and perishable materials were collected in 1934 by William Duncan Strong and Waldo Wedel and
               are part of the anthropological collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Horne
               1981; Strong 1935).
                       In 1962, Gordon Grant and Nicholas Goodhue, under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Museum
               of Natural History, recovered two baskets in the Santa Barbara backcountry (Grant 1964:11). These baskets
               consisted of an asphaltum-lined water bottle and a decorated shallow dish [a parching tray] (Grant 1964:11).
               Other caches from the same region have been discovered on private ranches. Archaeologists in the Heritage
               Resource Program of Los Padres National Forest have supervised recoveries of cached items that have been
               found more recently (Goller 1996; Whitby 2012).
                       In broad terms, the cached assemblages are often objects for gathering and storage, rather than
               ceremonial or non-utilitarian items. The cached assemblage discussed herein falls within this gathering and
               storage theme, emphasizing the importance of storage and resource allocation in the Santa Barbara

                                  THE BRYNE CACHE: DISCUSSION OF ASSEMBLAGE
                       The cache assemblage (Figure 1) consisted of a three distinct coiled baskets—a storage basket (B1),
               parching tray (B2), and a base/lid (B3)—with a piece of yucca cordage 8 cm in length recovered within the
               storage basket. The assemblage was placed within a northwest-facing cave located approximately two
               meters off the ground. A platform of stacked stones at least 18 cm in height  had been built in the cave, and
               with the exception of some slight movements of stone to extract the baskets, the stacked stone feature was
               left intact. In the following sections, each basket will be individually addressed. The discerning and
               distinguishing of basketry techniques and materials were made with the aid of Jan Timbrook (Santa Barbara
               Museum of Natural History) and Ed Jolie (Mercyhurst University).
                       The storage basket (known as a xʔim in Barbareño, Ventureño, and Samala Chumash languages)
               measures 73 cm across, and was placed horizontally atop the parching tray. Within the storage basket, a
               woodrat nest approximately 15 cm thick had been constructed. To recover the basket, portions of the
               woodrat nest were excavated, revealing the third basket—adhered to the larger basket by  amberrat, a
               molasses-like mass. This third basket was later removed and cleaned at the Santa Barbara Museum of
               Natural History, revealing a small and heavily mended, coiled basket with a differing weave and stitch
               count from the storage basket, a differing overall structure, and multiple repairs. Further removal of pack
               rat midden at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History revealed copious amounts of piñon nuts as well
               as an 8-cm length of yucca cordage.
                        The storage basket (B1) measures 79.5 cm at its widest, and 68 cm in height (Figure 2). It is closely
               coiled with a bundle foundation and non-interlocking stitches at 1.5 to 2 coils per centimeter, and 4 stitches
               per centimeter (Figure 2). The basket’s bundle base was formed with deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens),
               while sumac (Rhus aromatica) served as the sewing material; the black designs appear to have been created
               from mud-dyed juncus (Juncus textilis). Sumac may have been a preferred sewing material in the interior
               regions, and is generally more prevalent for baskets intended for harsh utilitarian uses, being a stronger and
               more durable weft material than juncus, though it is harder to weave (Dawson and Deetz 1964:15).
                       The basket is patterned with what is often referred to as the butterfly stitch, an X-shaped motif
               known throughout South Central California, as well as from Chumash basketry (see Shanks 2012; Dawson
               and Deetz 1964). Interestingly, a similar storage basket, also recovered from the remote Santa Barbara
               backcountry, and housed in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (NA-CA-146-4F-7), has an
               almost identical pattern of decoration to this storage basket (see Hudson and Blackburn 1983: Figures 5.72
               and 5.73).

               SCA Proceedings, Volume 30 (2016)                            Bryne, Gandy, Robinson, and Johnson p. 215
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