AUGUST 2020 ANCIENT AMERICAS LECTURES
Thursday August 6, 4:00 PM Mountain Time
Four Corners Lecture Series Zoom Lecture
“Recent Archaeological Research by Brigham Young University in Southeast Utah”
Dr. Jim Allison
Brigham Young University has a long history of archaeological research in southeastern Utah, dating back to the late 1950s. Over the last ten years, research by BYU faculty and students has included excavations at two large sites (Alkali Ridge Site 13 and Coal Bed Village), a variety of site documentation projects, and reanalysis off old artifact collections and survey data. This talk summarizes recent research and what it tells us about the dynamic history of Ancestral Pueblo settlements in southeastern Utah. James R. Allison, Ph.D. (Arizona State University, 2000) is Associate Professor and Chair of the BYU Department of Anthropology. In addition to working in southeastern Utah he has directed major research projects in the Fremont and Virgin regions on the northern and western frontiers of the greater Southwest, with a focus on understanding the social and economic organization of ancient farmers and the historical forces that shaped their societies.
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Saturday August 8, 5:30 PM Pacific Time
American Rock Art Research Association Zoom Lecture
“The Cut Bank Archaeology Project: Local Informants and Tribal Participation”
Tom McCormick and Jim Keyser
In 2014, Tom McCormick, a rancher living near Cut Bank, Montana, reported a rock art site he had found on his property. Jim Keyser and the Oregon Archaeological Society Rock Art Research Group investigated the site and assisted with inventorying other parts of the Cut Bank area. In the ensuing six years, with the assistance of McCormick and the Blackfeet Nation, seven previously unknown sites were recorded and three previously located ones were re-examined. New discoveries have opened windows into the Vertical Series, Foothills Abstract, and Plains Biographic rock art traditions.
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Sunday August 9, 3:30 PM Mountain Time
Albuquerque International Association, City of Albuquerque, and Urban Enhancement Trust Fund Zoom Lecture
“Paquimé: An Oasis of Ancient Power and Influence in Northern Chihuahua”
Dr. Paul E. Minnis
$17 (discounts available)
Paquimé (also known as Casas Grandes) in northwestern Chihuahua was one of the important communities in the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico in late prehistory. Archaeological research at the site recovered millions of shell artifacts, hundreds of parrot skeletons, many copper goods, massive pueblos, and an unusually large number of ritual structures, among thousands of other items. But what does all of this mean? Who started the town, where did they come from, how did they live, and why did the society disappear? These are the important questions considered in light of current research. Paul Minnis is a University of Oklahoma Professor Emeritus of Anthropology.
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Thursday August 13, 4:00 PM Mountain Time
Four Corners Lecture Series, Colorado Archaeological Society Hisatsinom Chapter, and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Zoom Lecture
“Chaco’s Monumental Roads: New Fieldworks and Insights”
Rob Weiner and his team are investigating monumental roads throughout the Chaco World using a combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping, drone photogrammetry, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, and comparative insights with monumental roads across the ancient world. In this talk, he will present new findings about the use and meanings of symbolic roadways in the pre-Contact U.S. Southwest, with emphasis on issues of inequality, regional organization, and religion.
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August 14, 2:00 PM, Mountain Time
From Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project You Tuber Lecture
“Exchange, Trade, and Feasting in the Southwest.”
This event will stream on our YouTube channel, and Chester Liwosz will take questions in the comments section.
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