Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March 2012 Ancient Southwest Lectures and Conferences

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March 5, 6:00 PM, Southwest Seminars Lecture"Chaco Canyon: The Enigmas of Fajada Butte and the Symbolism of the Center." Dr. J. McKim Malville, Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

March 6, 6:00 PM, Center for Desert Archaeology Lecture, "La Calle; Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City." Lydia Otero, University of Arizona, Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, Arizona. 

March 6, 7:00 PM, The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society Lecture, "New Research with the Earliest Perishable Collections: The Green and Lang Collections at the Field Museum" by Dr Laurie Webster (specialist in Southwestern perishable material culture, visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona; Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center). Cortez Cultural Center, 5 North Market Street, Cortez, Colorado. 

During the 1890s, local collectors including the Wetherill brothers, Charles McLoyd and Charles Cary Graham, Charles Lang, and Platt Lyman excavated literally thousands of Basketmaker and Pueblo-period artifacts from rock shelters and cliff houses in southeastern Utah. Despite the importance and rarity of these collections, only a handful of these artifacts have been studied or published. Several years ago, Laurie Webster began photodocumenting the textiles, baskets, sandals, hides, wooden implements, and other perishable artifacts in these collections to make them more widely known to other archaeologists and the public. In 2011, she spent three weeks at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago surveying two of these collections: the Green Collection made by McLoyd and Graham in 1891 and the Ryerson-Lang Collection made by Lang in Grand Gulch and the Bluff area in 1894-1895. In her presentation, Webster will highlight some of the more remarkable perishable artifacts encountered during the project and present new insights gleaned from the study of these early collections. 

March 8, 7:00 PM, San Juan Basin Archaeological Society Lecture, "Reconstructing Prehistoric Farming Techniques and Political Economies in the Durango Area, Ridges Basin, Falls Creek, and Beyond." Center for Southwest Studies Lyceum, Fort Lewis College. Durango, Colorado

Lecture by Ben Bellorado, well-known archaeologist, who has been working in the Southwest for the last fifteen years. Originally from the mountains of Wyoming, Ben has worked on research and contract archaeological projects and in educational venues in the Four Corners, focusing on the analysis of prehistoric agriculture systems, ceramics, and rock art.  His primary research has been in reconstructing the affects of climate change on early Puebloan farmers in the northern Southwest and understanding prehistoric expressions of social identity as seen through rock art in the region. His Durango work on the role of maize agriculture in the lives of ancestral Puebloan peoples in Durango reconstructed prehistoric agricultural systems in Ridges Basin and the larger Durango area using experimental farming of traditional native corn varieties and applying techniques taught to him by traditional Hopi, Tarahumara, and Rio Grande Pueblo farmers

March 8, 7:30 PM, Phoenix Chapter, Arizona Archaeological Society Lecture "The La Villa Site: New Excavations in the Heart of Downtown Phoenix." Michael Lindeman, Ph.D, Desert Archaeology, Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

March 13, 7:00 PM, Taos Archaeology Society Lecture"New Information on Prehistoric Dogs" by Dody Fugate.  Kit Carson Electric, 118 Cruz Alta Rd,  Taos, New Mexico


What is a dog, anyway? Where did dogs come from? How did wolves become dogs and when? Where did the early peoples living in the southwest get their dogs and how did dogs fit in these early cultures? How did changes in the environment and culture affect the way dogs and people interacted in the Southwest? What other cultures may have affected the way dogs and people in the Southwest related to each other? Dogs are associated with many creation myths with leading people from the underworld and guarding entrances to other worlds, many of the burials she has found are near the openings of pits.

All of these questions will be examined and some interesting facts will be presented.

Dody Fugate is a researcher and curator at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe. She has been studying the origins of the domestic dog since the early 1990’s and the cultural interaction between dogs and humans, especially in the Southwest for 20 years. Her work has been featured in National Geographic where she reported that she has developed a database of almost 700 dog burials many that indicated they were ritual burials and other where humans and dogs were buried together.

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