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“Fire Ceremony, Sacred Memory, and Ritual Revitalization: Remembering Kaloomte K’abel at the Classic Maya City of El Peru-Waka”

November 13, 7:30 PM – Maya Society of Minnesota Lecture

Dr. Olivia Navarro-Farr, Assistant Professor, The College of Wooster
Initial archaeological investigations at El Peru-Waka’s primary public shrine revealed intense ritual activities performed throughout the site’s decline, following the collapse of the city’s royal court. Recent investigations focused on understanding the form and function of this edifice in earlier periods. The exposure of the fronting attached platform revealed the re-use of Early and Late Classic sculpted monument fragments adorning its north and south walls. Additionally, excavations on the summit of this platform revealed a complex architectural sequence spanning at least four centuries. The final phase features a U-shaped structure with a fire altar dating to around the 9th or 10th Centuries. Two earlier substructures were also encountered buried within the platform. As the season drew to a close, excavators encountered a vaulted chamber built into the staircase of the earlier of the two substructures housing the remains of a royal individual. This figure was aligned with the Kan Kingdom of Calakmul and has been identified as the historically known ruler Lady K’abel, who ruled at Waka’ during the early 7th Century and was central to the Waka’ dynasty’s political fortunes throughout this period.

100E Giddens Learning Center
Hamline University
St. Paul, Minnesota

“The Maya Highlands of Guatemala: Naranjo and Kaminaljuyu, New Research and Results”

October 2, 7:30 PM – Maya Society of Minnesota Lecture

Naranjo is a Middle Preclassic (800-500 BC) site located outside the valley of Guatemala. This site has been instrumental in understanding the origins of Maya Highland population. This presentation will deliver information resulting from a recent rescue Project carried out at the site. In addition, it will offer the antecedents for the neighboring site of Kaminaljuyu. While Kaminaljuyu has had a long history of research, it has been product of salvage operations due to Guatemala City’s modern growth. Our recent research has integrated the various rescue projects and carried out new work that is enlarging our understanding of this important site with connections in the Maya Lowlands, central Mexican highlands, Pacific Coast, and beyond. This lecture will present results from our latest excavations, including new interpretations of Kaminaljuyu, its relationship with neighboring Naranjo, and other sites in the Maya area.

100E Giddens Learning Center
Hamline University
St. Paul, Minnesota

“Abbreviational Conventions of Classic Maya Writing”

September 11, 7:30 PM – Maya Society of Minnesota Lecture

Dr. Marc Zender, Assistant Professor, Tulane University

Writing systems often abbreviate sounds and signs that are critical to our understanding. Abbreviational conventions thus represent an important field of study for those who propose to understand ancient texts. In the case of Maya writing, the script routinely omits word-final consonants and the first consonant of a cluster when they belong to a class of weak consonants (i.e., ?, h, j, l, m, n, w, and y). Another widespread convention is haplography, in which a given sign is recorded only once when it should be represented twice, as in ka-wa for ka[ka]w and AJAW-le for ajawle[l]. We can recognize haplography in Maya writing because it alternates with double writing (e.g., ka-ka-wa and AJAW-le-le) and with a diacritical marker that apparently signals the presence of duplicate consonants (e.g., ‘ka-wa and AJAW-‘le), sometimes appearing with logograms that are CVC in shape (e.g., ‘K’AHK’, ‘TZUTZ). Finally, Maya writing also frequently elides key suffixes in the presence of logograms, such that BAJ alternates with ba-la-ja (bajlaj) and OCH with o-chi (och-i). These complex conventions now cast doubt on several earlier decipherments, but they also suggest procedures that will help to minimize their confounding influences in the future.

100E Giddens Learning Center, Hamline University St. Paul, Minnesota

The Pre-Columbian Society of New York Inaugural Lecture: “Tradition and Invention in the Deity Images of the Florentine Codex”

September 10, 6:00 PM – Eloise Quiñones-Keber; Professor Emerita, CUNY Graduate Center / Baruch College

The General History of the Things of New Spain, popularly known as the Florentine Codex, is generally regarded as without peer in informing us about contact-period Nahua (Aztec) culture of Central Mexico. Launched by the Franciscan missionary, Bernardino de Sahagún in the mid 16th century, this encyclopedic work is notable for its comprehensive scope, use of native sources, and incorporation of knowledge systematically gleaned from indigenous elders. Another critical aspect of the friar’s unprecedented methodology, which I will give special attention to here, is the ongoing participation of a new generation of multilingual and bicultural converts trained by Franciscan missionaries in the Colegio de Santa Cruz in Tlatelolco. A school of higher learning for high-born indigenous youths, it was founded in 1536 under the sponsorship of the first viceroy of Mexico, Antonio de Mendoza, a short 15 years after the Spanish Conquest of Mexico.

My talk focuses on how Sahagún’s indigenous artists pictorially represented native deities and aspects of their cults in those books of the Florentine Codex (1-5 of 12) dealing specifically with native religion and ritual. What do their pictorial (and textual) choices reveal about how native sources were transformed, utilized in whole or in part and reassembled in new configurations, or, as also happened, ignored? In which ways did the artists, in fact, invent new types of native images to correlate with related texts by devising a method of presenting them in original compositions that adapted European representational modes and techniques? My investigation into these questions will highlight the unique contribution that the innovative indigenous artists and scribes made to the final form of the Spanish friar’s project––in effect, also claiming the Florentine Codex as their own.

Lecture Hall of the Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th St. at Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075
Followed by a reception with wine and cheese in the Loeb Room

Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC September Lecture: “Mapping Apocalypse: Simulating Ancient Maya Environments Using Artificial Life, Cellular Automata Modeling, and GIS”

September 3, 6:45 PM – John Hessler

In the last few decades the use of cellular automata and artificial life modeling, combined with modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, has become a mainstay in cross-disciplinary studies in fields as diverse as archaeology, ecology, historical geography and epidemiology. The ability to transform archival materials and ecological studies into geo-rectified and analyzable geographical data has enhanced research in most of the spatially oriented fields of the humanities. This talk will discuss experiments with a GIS-oriented model that uses integrated agent-based, cellular automata, and network methods to represent ancient Maya society and its surrounding environment. The model attempts to present and spatially mimic the relationship among population growth, agricultural production, climate variability, and the stability of trade networks within the Maya pre-collapse society. The dynamics of small-scale spatial events are represented by agents that develop and evolve within a spatially defined and realistic landscape that changes under climate variations and rainfall, and that also responds to man-made changes in the environment. The cellular automata are further linked to the land-use practices found in the archaeological record and are used to study the emergence of trade, self-organized criticality, and urban polynucleation. The overall model treats the organization of ancient Maya society as an example of complex emergence and simulates patterns of growth and collapse in a wide range of complicated phenomena whose evolution is difficult to study using the currently available empirical and archaeological evidence.

John W. Hessler is the Curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas and Specialist in Modern Cartography and Geographic Information Science at the Library of Congress. A lecturer in GIS and Advanced Computer Visualization in the Graduate School of Advanced Studies at Johns Hopkins University, he is the author of more than 100 articles and books and the founder of The Scaling Lab, a cartographic and mathematical collective that uses the theory of complex adaptive systems and cellular automata to study geographical and archaeological networks. Much of his research has concentrated on the computer modeling and simulation of historical spatial networks where he has developed new techniques for historical map geo-rectification and network shape analysis. His mathematical studies of early mapmaking have been featured in numerous national media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and most recently in Discover Magazine (June 2014). He is currently at work on the forthcoming books, Map: Exploring the World, (Phaidon, September, 2015) and Simulating the Past: Lectures on Cellular Automata and Complex Networks, to be published by MIT in 2017.

NOTE: This monthly meeting will held Thursday evening so all may enjoy the long Labor Day weekend.
Sumner School
17th & M Streets, N.W.
Washington DC

Public Institute of Maya Studies Explorer Session: Gods, Legends and Rituals Series
“Gods of the Maya”

May 13, 8:00 PM – Janet Meiss, IMS Secretary and Library Chair

For the Maya, the world was both unity and diversity at the same time. There were many gods and they could be classified by function, gender, cardinal direction, age, color, and so on. The gods and goddesses may have had male and female attributes, old and young aspects, creative and destructive aspects, and seasonal aspects. The Maya had a rich mythology, but unfortunately some of it is lost to us due to the conquest and the passage of time.

The Institute of Maya Studies (IMS) meets at the Miami Science Museum,
3280 South Miami Avenue, across from Vizcaya;
Maya Hotline: 305-279-8110.

“When They Were Young: Children’s Lives and Burials in Provincial Tiwanaku Society” – Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC April Lecture

April 10, 6:45 PM – Sarah Baitzel

Archaeological excavations inform us that children accounted for a large portion of populations in the past. Yet we know very little about the experiences, social roles, and contributions of children to the family and the community in the ancient Andes. This talk will present archaeological evidence from more than 100 children’s burials at the provincial Tiwanaku center of Omo M10, Moquegua, Peru, to reconstruct notions of childhood and the process of coming of age in ancient Tiwanaku society (AD 500–1000). Drawing on ethnographic and ethnohistorical parallels from Aymara and Inca sources, this talk will explain how children were socialized into becoming productive members of society through playful acts that imitated adult life. Upon death, children’s burials completed their socialization by incorporating the child into the community of ancestors. Status, ethnicity, and gender were closely linked to the experience of childhood, and they materialized in the funerary treatments, dress, and offerings of Tiwanaku children.

Sarah Baitzel is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego. She received her BA from UC Santa Barbara in 2004 and her MA from UC San Diego in 2006. Currently a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, she is completing her dissertation on the mortuary rituals and social identities of provincial Tiwanaku communities at the site of Omo M10, Moquegua, Peru. She has excavated in Peru for more than 10 years. In 2010 and 2011, she directed the excavation of more than 200 burials at the Omo M10 site, the results of which have been published in several book chapters and articles. Her publications include articles and book chapters in the United States and Peru on paleodemography and migration, mortuary practices, social identity, and dress in the Tiwanaku state.

Sumner School
17th & M Streets, N.W.
Washington DC

“On the Turquoise Trail in Mexico” – Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC March Lecture

March 6, 6:45 PM – Colin McEwan, PhD

Turquoise has a fascinating history in Mexico. Wherever it could be wrested from the earth, this precious blue-green gemstone was highly prized for its compelling range of colors and attractive textures and is still much sought after today. This lecture will explain how the scientific study of finely wrought turquoise on Prehispanic mosaics offers key insights into its cultural meanings and uses. The significance and status of turquoise in the Aztec world is reflected in the masterpieces that were fashioned by skilled artisans serving in the Royal Court of Emperor Moctezuma.

Dr. Colin McEwan is Director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C. He specializes in the art and archaeology of the Pre-Columbian Americas and has carried out fieldwork in diverse settings including the Peruvian Highlands, Upper Amazon, coastal Ecudor, and Patagonia. From 1979-1991 he directed the Agua Blanca Archaeological Project focused on a major Manteno settlement in the Machalilla National Park, coastal Ecuador. He was formerly head of the Americas Section at the British Museum, London, where he authored or co-edited exhibition publications including ‘Ancient Mexico in the British Museum’ (1994); ‘Patagonia: Natural History, Prehistory and Ethnography at the Uttermost End of the Earth’ (1997); ‘Pre-Columbian Gold:Technology, Style and Iconography’ (200); ‘Unknown Amazon: Culture in Nature in Ancient Brazil’ (2001); ‘Turquoise Mosaics from Mexico’ (2006); ‘El Caribe Pre-Colombino’ (2008); ‘Ancient American Art in Detail’ (2009); and ‘Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler’ (2009). He is particularly interested in reconstructing and interpreting the roles that objects play in the prehistoric cultural landscape, including why certain materials were valued, how they were procured and deployed, and the archaeological contexts in which they are found.

17th & M Streets, N.W.
Washington DC

“Development and Disintegration of Maya Political Systems in Response to Climate Change” – Pre-Columbian Society at the Penn Museum February Lecture

February 28, 1:30 PM

Douglas J. Kennett, PhD; Professor of Environmental Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University

The role of climate change in the development and demise of Classic Maya civilization, AD 300 to1000, remains controversial because of the absence of well-dated climate and archaeological sequences.Doctor Kennett will present a precisely dated subannual climate record for the past 2000 years from YokBalum Cave, Belize. From comparison of this record with historical events compiled from well-dated stone monuments, he proposes that anomalously high rainfall favored unprecedented population expansion and the proliferation of political centers between AD 440 and 660. This was followed by a drying trend between AD 660 and 1000 that triggered the balkanization of polities, increased warfare, and the asynchronous disintegration of polities, followed by population collapse in the context of an extended drought between AD 1000 and 1100.

Doctor Kennett is a Professor of Environmental Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at PennState University. He is the author of The Island Chumash ,University of California Press, 2005 and co-editor, with Bruce Winterhalder, of the book Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture, University of California Press, 2006. He is also the co-editor, with Atholl Anderson, of Taking the High Ground: the Archaeology of Rapa, a fortified island in remote East Polynesia, Australia National University Press, 2012.

Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
3260 South Street,
Room 345
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Discovering Cahokia’s Religion: Recent Research and New Interpretations of the Emerald Mound Complex, Lebanon, Illinois – Cahokia Mounds Winter Lecture Series

February 22, 2:00 PM – Cahokia Mounds Center

Dr. Alt has been working in the uplands east of Cahokia and has been running a joint field school with her husband, Dr. Timothy Pauketat, from the University of Illinois. They have spent the last few years excavating at the Emerald Mound site north of Lebanon, IL where they have found evidence of numerous structures that may have served as “shrines” and others as temporary living quarters for travelers following prepared roadways to and from Cahokia, some coming from great distances. They believe Emerald was a pilgrimage site associated with a new religion developing at Cahokia and that the site has lunar alignments. She will discuss the results of their excavations and new interpretations of how this site functioned.

Cahokia Mounds Center
Collinsville, Illinois

“Animals and Sacred Mountains: Ritualized Performance and Teotihuacan’s State Ideology” – Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC February Lecture

February 6, 6:45 PM

Nawa Sugiyama PhD
Humans have always been fascinated by wild carnivores. This has led to a unique interaction with these beasts, one in which these key figures played an important role as main icons in state imperialism and domination. At the Classic period site of Teotihuacan, Mexico (AD 1–550), this was no exception as nearly 200 beasts were sacrificed and deposited as associated offerings in large-scale dedicatory rituals at the Pyramid of the Moon. This talk will construct a narrative—bringing individual animal biographies to life through meticulous zooarchaeological and isotopic data—of how wild carnivores directly converted a large pyramidal mound into a sacred mountain. The talk will ask (1) How were the social identities of these animals constructed as symbols of the Teotihuacan state? and (2) How did they directly contribute to the reification of a hierarchical social landscape? Certainly, the selection of the most prominent carnivores (jaguars, pumas, wolves, eagles, and rattlesnakes) was not accidental. Paradigms between nature/culture and wild/domestic are considered, as pathological indicators suggest that many of the animals sacrificed in the offering had been tamed and kept in captivity.

Nawa Sugiyama is currently a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History examining zooarchaeological and isotopic remains from the Maya site of Copán, Honduras. She received her PhD from Harvard University. Her dissertation, on the faunal remains from Teotihuacan, Mexico, was funded by various fellowships and grants including the William R. Tyler Fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, the National Science Foundation Doctorate Dissertation Improvement Grant, and the Fulbright Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Program.

The Charles Sumner School,
17th & M Streets, N.W.,
Washington, D.C.

“The Princeton Maya Vase Conservation Project” – Meeting of the Pre-Columbian Society at the Penn Museum

January 10, 1:30 PM

Sarah Nunberg, principal of The Objects Conservation Studio,LLC

Sarah Nunberg, noted Conservator, was invited by Bryan Just, Peter Jay Sharpe Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas at the Princeton Art Museum, to consider treating a group of Ik’ kingdom vessels in preparation for an anticipated exhibit at the Art Museum. Over the course of eight months, Sarah examined the vessels under the microscope, removed samples for analysis, cleaned the surfaces, stabilized damaged areas, and filled losses. After 150 hours of treatment and discussion, her conservation ultimately exposed original outlines filled with intricate details and nuanced surface qualities—and gave rise to new revelations and new questions. Ms. Nunberg will discuss the decisions and difficult conservation treatment that revealed much of the original beauty of the magnificent pots displayed in the 2012 Exhibit, Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vase Painting of the Ik’ Kingdom at the Princeton Art Museum.

Sarah Nunberg, principal of The Objects Conservation Studio, LLC, has been working in art conservation since 1989. She received a M.A. in archaeology at Yale University in 1988 where she focused on pre-Columbian ceramics and art history. For her Master’s thesis, Manufacturing Technology of Late Classic Maya Polychrome Ceramics, she worked with Maya potters in Amatanango, Mexico to learn contemporary outdoor firing techniques, which she applies to her understanding of ancient Maya polychrome pottery techniques. She continued to study ancient materials and production methods at New York University, Institute of Fine Artswhere she achieved an M.A. in art history and an Advanced Certificate in Conservation of Works of Art in 1997. In her conservation work, Sarah has published on deterioration of ceramics and stone due to soluble salts in 1996 -1999, fill materials on Roman mosaics and Etruscan ceramic production methods in 1999, William Grueby Ceramic Tile Production Methods, in 2009, 2010, Deterioration of Plastics in 2011 and sustainable practices in conservation in 2010, 2011, and 2015 pending. Sarah has worked extensively with clay by hand and on the potter’s wheel, and has continued her interest in ceramic methodology through out her career. Recently, Sarah has taught materials degradation at Pratt Institute and lectured at NYU Institute of Fine Art. Sarah is a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Conservation and served on the Sustainability Committee for five years, including one term as committee chair. She is a conservator in private practice and is based in her studio in Brooklyn, NY where she specializes in preservation and treatment of archaeological and ethnographic objects made of wood, stone, metal, glass and ceramic along with preventive conservation and environmental control.

Room 345
Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Dogs From Sitio Conte, Panama: Finding the Story Behind the Bling” – The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC January Lecture

January 9, 6:45 PM

Katherine Moore

The site of Sitio Conte in western Panama is famous for its chiefly tombs dating from the period AD 450–900. The imagery from the burial offerings shows fabulous animals in beautiful designs on ceramic vessels and gold plaques. The offerings also include remarkable richness in animal bones, teeth, and other “scary” parts of animals such as sharks and rays. As part of an upcoming exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, “Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama,” the animal remains from Burial groups 11 and 12 were reexamined for the first time since they were excavated in the 1940s. Dr. Moore examined the relationship between dogs and people at this time, and asked what it would take to produce this piece of jewelry and what it might have meant.

Katherine Moore, PhD is an archaeologist who has worked on animal bones from across the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa. She is the Mainwaring Teaching Specialist in the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and lectures in archaeology for the University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology. Her major research work concerns the transition from animal hunting to herding in the Andes of Peru and Bolivia. She also has worked on the archaeology of bone tool production in Bolivia.

NOTE: The originally scheduled January talk had to be postponed and will be rescheduled later in 2015.

Sumner School
17th & M Streets, N.W.
Washington DC

“Temporal Dating and Analysis of the Archaeological Assemblage Recovered from a Portion of Prehistoric Site, Satos Rini Rumaytak” – Santa Cruz Archaeological Society Lecture

November 20, 7:30 PM

In 1986, The Department of Anthropology at San Jose State University conducted an archaeological field school excavation project on a portion of prehistoric site CA-SCR-12. This project was initiated by the cultural resource management firm, Archaeological Consulting and Research Services (ACRS) of Santa Cruz, CA., as a mitigation alternative for offsetting the potential impact to CA-SCR-12, by a proposed residential development project. A total of 15,100 cultural elements were recovered from the site by the SJSU field school team and an additional 1292 elements were recovered by ACRS. All materials were later accessioned into the San Jose State University Department of Anthropology Repository. This presentation details the inventorying and analysis of the SJSU CA-SCR-12 assemblage. In addition, Starek frames some very basic research questions about the nature of the site, and he turns to AMS dating, XRF sourcing, and obsidian hydration studies in order to obtain data which may aid in answering those questions.

Sesnon House
Cabrillo College,
6500 Soquel Drive,
Aptos, California

“The IMS Stelae” IMS Webmaster Keith Merwin – Insitute of Maya Studies Lecture

November 19, 8:00 PM

In March of 1972, the very first IMS newsletter reported that IMS members had negotiated the loan of a Maya stela from the Guatemalan government to “a museum in another country.” This is the story of three stelae from Guatemala that the newly formed Institute of Maya Studies was involved in bringing to the Miami Science Museum. Of the three, two made it to Miami and spent years on exhibit at the now defunct Maya Plaza. The third involved the legendary Ian Graham and the judicial system of the United States. We explore the history behind Stela 3 from Piedras Negras; Stela 24 from Naranjo; and Stela 2 from Machaquila.

The Institute of Maya Studies (IMS) meets at the Miami Science Museum,
3280 South Miami Avenue, across from Vizcaya;
Maya Hotline: 305-279-8110.
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“Exploring Mayan Art, Science, and Society” – Moaricopa Community College Lecture

November 19, 7:00 PM

Dr. William Saturno

Dr. William Saturno is an Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Boston University. He has been featured in National Geographic and on PBS’s Nova. His academic interests include the evolution of complex society, particularly among the Ancient Maya, Mesoamerican religion, iconography and epigraphy, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in archaeology, and the role of archaeology in popular culture.

Glendale Community College, Student Union
6000 W. Olive Ave.,
Glendale, Arizona

“Rethinking the Local and Regional Mobility of Ancient Farmers in the Petrified Forest of Arizona” – Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Lecture

November 19, 12:00 PM

Greg Schachner
Fowler Museum Building
Room A222
Los Angeles, California

“Discovering, Preserving and Sharing Rock Art” – Colorado Archaeological Society; Pikes Peak Chapter Lecture

November 18, 7:00 PM

Benjamin Zandarski, II

While completing a pedestrian survey for Stell Environmental on the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Benjamin Zandarski, II discovered a previously unrecorded panel of prehistoric rock art. This discovery inspired him to experiment with an entirely new way to share and preserve petroglyphs. Working with the Pikes Peak Library District’s 21st Century Library, Zandarski recently started the innovative process of 3D scanning and printing rock art. In this presentation, Zandarski will show examples and explain the 3D scanning and printing process for petroglyphs – and discuss potential applications for education, research, and preservation.

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fire Station #19
2490 Research Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado

“Chiles and Taste in the Ancient Southwest/Northwest” – Archaeology Café (Phoenix) Lecture

November 18, 5:30 PM

Dr. Paul E. Minnis (University of Oklahoma, retired) shares information about the use of chiles in the distant past.

Macayo’s Central
4001 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Archaeological Society: Verde Valley Chapter “The Cohonina: Puebloan Occupation of the Kaibab National Forest”

September 25, 7:00 PM – Sedona Public Library

Travis Bone, M.A., Archaeologist, Red Rock District Coconino National Forest
Sedona Public Library,
3250 White Bear Road
Sedona, Arizona

Grave Creek Mound Lecture “The Early Woodland Period of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the West Virginia Panhandle: Is Big Really Better?”

September 25, 7:00 PM – Grave Creek Mound

Mark A. McConaughy (Regional Archaeologist, PA Historical and Museum Commission, Bushy Run Battlefield)

Large burial mounds were constructed in the middle of the Early Woodland period (450 B.C. to A.D. 100), a time when pottery and the use of domesticated plants first appear. Do large burial mounds also indicate a high status for the individual(s) laid to rest in them, that is, is bigger really better?

Grave Creek Mound
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex
West Virginia

Hill Country Archaeological Society Lecture “Rock Art and Sacred Contexts in the Lower Pecos”

September 20, 12:30 PM – Riverside Nature Center

Jeremy Freeman, Staff Archeologist, Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center, Comstock, Texas

The Lower Pecos region of southwestern Texas retains hundreds of rock art sites dating from the Late Archaic through Contact periods. These sites represent a cultural system of inter-connected sites, a manifestation of the cosmology of the hunter-gatherer people that inhabited the region throughout prehistory. Embedded within these murals is significant cultural information that was disseminated to the members of prehistoric societies. Since 2009 Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center has been documenting the rock art and working to identify patterns in the motifs. Aided by ethnographic analogy and modern technology patterns are beginning to emerge that are being used to interpret the underlying meaning and symbolism behind these prehistoric cosmologies. This lecture will include a discussion on the methods Shumla is using to unravel the mysteries of the rock art and current interpretations on the meaning underlying the imagery.

Jeremy received his B.A. from Heidelberg College in anthropology and his graduate studies at Ball State University in anthropology. He has worked as a professional archaeologist for over 14 years that includes work in cultural resource management, museums, and non-profit organizations. He has worked on archaeological projects throughout the Midwest, northeast, southeast, and southwestern United States. Jeremy is currently a staff archaeologist at Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center in Comstock, Texas where he has been involved in the Border Canyonlands Archaeological Project (BCAP). This long-term study focuses on the study and conservation of the rock art of the lower Pecos region. Jeremy also guides tours for the Rock Art Foundation and Seminole Canyon State Historic Park.

Riverside Nature Center
150 Francisco Lemos,
Kerrville, Texas

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society Lecture “Ice Age Horses”

September 18, 6:30 PM – Portola Community Center

Eric Scott, Curator of Paleontology, Division of Geological Sciences at San Bernardino County Museum.

Portola Community Center
45480 Portola Ave,
Palm Desert, California

AIA Lecture “Collapse and Resilience in the Olmec Heartland”

September 16, 7:30 PM – University of Kentucky Semans Auditorium

Christopher Pool (University of Kentucky)
Semans Auditorium, Belk Visual Arts Center
315 North Main Street
Davidson, North Carolina

Albuquerque Archaeological Society Lecture “The First Province of That Kingdom: Contact, Colonization, and the Demise of the A’tzi-em (Piro) Pueblos, 1580-1681”

September 16, 7:30 PM – Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Dr. Michael Bletzer
“The first province of that kingdom:” contact, colonization, and the demise of the A’tzi-em (Piro) pueblos, 1580-1681.

Often overlooked by historians, archaeologists, and the public at large, the province of the A’tzi-em or Piros was one of the major subdivisions of the Pueblo world at the time of Spanish colonization. By 1680, however, only four pueblos are mentioned as occupied in Spanish records, and these last pueblos were abandoned in the wake of the Pueblo Revolt.

Long-term archaeological research at two pueblo sites in and near Socorro provides some glimpses into how Spanish colonization and missionization affected Piro settlement in the years after 1626, supplemented by document research that offered additional information on relations between natives and Spaniards, the triangular relationship with Apaches, environmental conditions, and affairs of everyday life. They also reveal several abortive rebellions and paint a stark image of the disintegration of the last A’tzi-em pueblos in the years before and after the Pueblo Revolt.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Taos Archaeological Society Lecture “The Archaeology of Colonial New Mexico: Testimony of the Rio Grande Gorge”

September 16, 7:00 PM – Kit Carson Electric, Taos, New Mexico

Severin Fowles is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University. He is the author of “An Archaeology of Doings: Secularism and the Study of Pueblo Religion” (SAR Press, 2013) and the editor of the forthcoming “Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the American Southwest” (Oxford University Press, co-edited with Barbara Mills). Currently, he is in residence as a Weatherhead Fellow at the School for Advanced Research as he completes his second monograph, entitled “Comanche New Mexico: An Archaeology.” Since 2007, he has directed a long-term survey of the Rio Grande Gorge; and in this talk, he will share what his team has learned about the 17th, 18th and 19th century history of the northern Rio Grande through a discussion of colonial rock art, camp sites, and settlements.

Kit Carson Electric
118 Cruz Alta Rd,
Taos, New Mexico

Pikes Peak Chapter Lecture “Early peoples of the Colorado Plateau: Identifying Transitions in Prehistoric Lifeways”

September 16, 7:00 PM – Fire Station #19

Don Montoya, Registered Professional Archaeologist
The Colorado Plateau and Intermountain West has been home to Native American peoples since the retreat of the Ice Age (Pleistocene), 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. Join us to deepen your understanding of the prehistoric to historic peoples of this region. In this presentation, archaeologist Don Montoya provides an archaeological picture of the transitions in distinctive lifeway patterns as evidenced in archaeological material culture.

Registered Professional Archaeologist, Don Montoya, MA, RPA is the lead archaeologist for the BLM in Moab, Utah. Previously, he was museum curator at the Anasazi State Park Museum in Boulder, Utah, and served as adjunct instructor at Brigham Young University. Montoya holds graduate degrees in museum studies and archaeology. He conducts his research in the Colorado River Canyonland’s geophysical region of the Colorado Plateau.

Fire Station #19
2490 Research Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture “What? No Chiles in the Ancient Southwest?”

September 15, 7:30 PM – University Medical Center’s Duval Auditorium

Paul E. Minnis
The most important crops that that fed the ancient peoples of the prehispanic Southwest U.S./northwest Mexico (SW/NW) came from Mesoamerica. The three sister–maize, beans, and squash—and less prominent crops moved at different rates from their homeland to the south into the SW/NW. The most important Mesoamerican crops, with one exception (OK, maybe two), that could have been grown in the SW/NW ultimately arrived here. Although not grown in the SW/NM, even cacao’s presence in the SW/NW further reinforces the view that there were few impediments to the flow of crops and foods between Mesoamerica and the SW/NW.

The one exception is the cultivated chile, Capsicum annuum. While widespread in Mesoamerica, ancient chile remains are absent the SW/NW. Adding further to the mystery of their historical absence is the fact that chile became an icon of the SW/NM food, became an important ingredient in SW/NW cuisine beginning with the Spanish arrival, and today are an important regional crop in the SW/NW.

Why didn’t chile travel a few hundred miles north when it spread widely and very quickly into the Old World after European contact with the New World? After all, what would Hungarian, Chinese, Thai, and various African cuisines be without chile?

The fortuitous discovery of the first cultivate chile from an archaeological site a few kilometers from Paquimé/Casas Grandes just across the border in northern Chihuahua provides an opportunity to reconsider dynamic history of chile and a time to challenge our common assumptions about chile.

Oh yeah, the second common Mesoamerican plant not present in the ancient SW/NW is the tomato.

University Medical Center’s Duval Auditorium,
1500 N Campbell Blvd,
Tucson, Arizona

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture Lecture “The Tellico Archaeological Project, 1967-1982”

September 14, 2:00 PM – McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

McClung Museum Director, Dr. Jefferson Chapman
The illustrated talk will give an overview of the archaeological investigations at Tellico and the 12,000+ years of Native American occupation in the lower Little Tennessee River Valley. The newly issued Third Edition of the popular book Tellico Archaeology will also be available for signature by the author and speaker, Dr. Jefferson Chapman.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee

Pre-Columbian Society at the University of Pennsylvania Museum Lecture “Along the Wampum Trail: Restorative Research in North Eastern Museums”

September 13, 1:30 PM – Margaret M. Bruchac, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Margaret Bruchac, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Associate Faculty in the Penn Center for Cultural Heritage, will share insights from her research on shell bead wampum belts and collars held by northeastern museums and tribal nations. Dr. Bruchac directs a new research project—titled “On the Wampum Trail”—that combines archival research, material analysis, and Indigenous consultation to recover the object histories of wampum belts in museum collections. Many museums identify wampum as a relic of forgotten traditions, private property, and/or decorative art, with minimal provenance data. To address this loss of context, Bruchac applies a restorative methodology that includes detailed material analysis and close examination of the influence of collectors and curators. She consults with members of the Haudenosaunee Standing Committee and other tribal leaders to understand Indigenous knowledge and traditions. The identification and recovery of objects in museum collections has practical implications on the social, material, and political relations of contemporary Indigenous communities.

In the summer of 2014, with the support of a Penn Museum Director’s Field Research Grant, and accompanied by research assistants Lise Puyo and Stephanie Mach, Dr. Bruchac initiated a broad survey of wampum collections in the United States and Canada. During this first round, the team closely examined more than 50 woven wampum belts and collars, in addition to a sampling of archaeological collections, ethnographic objects, and individual beads. They are particularly interested in modes of wampum construction, signification, and curation that reflect the evolving relations among Native American communities, non-Natives, and museums. Future field trips will include visits to museum wampum collections in New York, Washington, and Europe. For further information on this research project, and glimpses into the findings thus far, check out the blog, On the Wampum Trail.

Margaret M. Bruchac (Abenaki) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Associate Faculty in the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Consulting Scholar to the American Section of the Penn Museum, and Coordinator of the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Her wampum research is part of a larger project investigating the social negotiations between Indigenous informants and museum anthropologists that shaped representations of Indigenous objects. This research has been supported by grants from the American Philosophical Society, the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Excellence in College and University Teaching from the National Research Council of the National Academies, and the Penn Museum.

Dr. Bruchac’s recent publications include research articles in: Anthropology News; Curator; The Museum Journal; Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology; Historical Journal of Massachusetts; and Museum Anthropology, among others. Her forthcoming book manuscript, Consorting with Savages: Indigenous Informants and American Anthropologists, is under contract with the University of Arizona Press.

University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street,
Room 345
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Maya Society of Minnesota Lecture “Aesthetics and Ancient Maya Serving Wares”

September 12, 7:30 PM – Eastern Connecticut State University

Maline Werness-Rude, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Visual Arts

Eastern Connecticut State University
100 E Giddens Learning Center,
Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Lecture “Talking Stone: Rock Art of the Cosos (a documentary film)”

September 11, 7:30 PM – Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room

Dr. Alan Garfinkel will introduce the film and answer questions. Dr. Alan Garfinkel is a California and Great Basin anthropologist/archaeologist. Principally known for his work with the indigenous people of the Far West and for his studies of Native American rock art in California and the Great Basin. Recognized for his pioneering studies in the regional prehistory of eastern CA, the Far Southern Sierra Nevada, and Southwestern Great Basin.

He holds active research interests in forager ecology, Native American consultation in cultural resource management contexts, rock art studies, and peopling of the Americas. He is a recognized authority on the Coso Range Rock Art traditions and Coso Region prehistory in general. He received his Bachelor’s at CSU, Northridge, and his MA and Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. He has authored five books including Prehistory of Kern County, Archaeology and Rock Art, and the Handbook of the Kawaiisu and has formally published 47 scientific articles in various academic journals. He is the recipient of both the 2008 and 2011 California State Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room
Irvine, California

Mary Miller Lecture “Time Memorial and Time Immemorial: From the Ancient Maya to 9/11”

September 11, 6:00 PM – Gallery 400 Lecture Room

Miller is a specialist in the art of ancient civilizations in what is now known as the Americas, Miller curated The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya in 2004. Her books include The Aztec Calendar Stone, The Murals of Bonampak, The Blood of Kings, The Art of Mesoamerica, Maya Art and Architecture, The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya, and many others.

Mary Miller is the Sterling Professor of History of Art, and former Dean of Yale College.

Art and Design Hall
400 S. Peoria St.
University of Illinois, Chicago Campus

Carlos Museum Lecture “The Aztec Flower Festivals: Recreating Mexico”

September 9, 7:30 PM – Carlos Museum of Emory University

Precursors to the Mexican Day of the Dead, Aztec flower festivals were celebrated with much singing, dancing, feasting, and mourning — for flowers were metaphors for life and death, as all that blossoms withers, dies, and returns to the earth to generate new life. In a lecture titled The Aztec Flower Festivals: Recreating Mexico, Laura Wingfield, assistant curator of Art of the Americas, explores these festivals and the powerful concept of regeneration they symbolized.

Reception Hall, Level ThreeMichael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University
571 South Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, Georgia

Dickson Mounds Museum Lecture “Telling Time in Ancient North America”

September 7, 1:00 PM – The Illinois State Museum

Bill Iseminger, Assistant Manager, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, will present this lecture as part of the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speaker’s Bureau. Humans have been measuring time for thousands of years. Without a cell phone or clock around to tell if one was running late for the hunt or needed to prepare for harvesting season, the earliest human civilizations had to rely on other methods to schedule their days and nights. Discover the various timekeeping methods employed by these ancient civilizations in North America. Whether natural formations on the horizon or artificial, man-made structures, their calendars made use of the sun, moon, and certain bright stars to measure time. Learn about the Woodhenge sun circles of Cahokia Mounds, America’s and Illinois’ first city, other prehistoric Indian sites in eastern North America, the Pueblo structures in the Southwest, and the rock circle “Medicine Wheels” of the Great Plains—all evidence of the great innovators who looked to the sky to know what time it was. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Program is free, donations welcome.

The Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97.

Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC September Lecture “Guardians of the City: Patron Gods and Politics among the Maya”

September 5, 6:45 PM – Joanne Baron, PhD – Sumner School Washington DC

The Ancient Maya, like many societies around the world, worshiped local patron gods believed to protect and sustain individual communities. Epigraphy and archaeology give us a good deal of information about ancient Maya beliefs concerning patron gods as well as the rituals involved in their veneration. Although patron deity veneration was of primary importance to the internal politics of Maya states, patron deities also played a large role in inter-community politics as well. In this talk I will discuss the ways that the Maya—both during the Classic period and in more recent eras—used patron gods symbolically in the negotiation of political relationships ranging from friendly alliances to open warfare.

Joanne is a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania department of anthropology, where she earned her PhD in 2013. Her research investigates the intersection of identity and power in Classic Maya communities. Her dissertation, entitled “Patrons of La Corona: Deities and Power in a Classic Maya Community,” explores the relationship between patron deity veneration, local religious identity, and politics at different scales through archaeological, epigraphic, and ethnohistoric evidence. She is also starting new research aimed at exploring the role of the Maya exchange economy in creation of local and regional identities.

Sumner School
17th & M Streets, N.W.
Washington DC

Osage History, Art, and Symbolism – Missouri History Museum Lecture

August 24, 1:00 PM & August 25, 10:30 AM – Missouri History Museum

Historian and author James R. Duncan overviews the Osage’s early moves between three states and discusses the high points and notables in their history. Duncan also looks at a selection of the arts for which the Osage are famous.

AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere on the north side of Forest Park

Mysteries of Eastern America’s Ancient Past – 2014 Indigenous Legacies Summer Lecture Series

August 16, 1:00 PM – Serpent Mound Peebles, Ohio

“Bone and Stone Artifacts of the Prehistoric Peoples of Ohio; More Than Arrowheads: New Ideas About Ancient Tools”

Presented by Gary Argabright, Vice President, Mound City Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio

When most people think about Native American stone tools, they usually think of arrowheads. Gary Argabright enjoys expanding people’s natural attraction to artifacts to include the immense breadth and diversity of stone tools crafted by Native Americans on Ohio lands. Gary will discuss how many ancient tools and artifacts were used, and what they reveal about the people who used them. Gary’s observations come from a life time of study and are both stimulating and thought-provoking. In some cases he challenges conventional wisdom on how many of these tools may have been used.

On display will be a large selection of prehistoric artifacts from Gary’s extensive collection which will aid in illustrating and documenting his teachings.The public is invited to bring any Native American artifacts they may have in their possession about which they wish to learn more.

Gary Argabright has researched, collected, conserved and cataloged Native American artifacts from the Scioto River Valley for more than 30 years and has given numerous lectures on this subject. He is currently curator of not only his own lifetime collection of extensive artifacts, but his most recent addition: the collection of the late Bob Harness, past owner of Ross County’s Liberty Earthworks. He currently serves as Vice President and Secretary of the Mound City Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio.

Serpent Mound
3850 State Route 73,
Peebles, Ohio

Late Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers in Utah and the Promontory Caves – The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society Lecture

August 14, 7:00 PM – Fort Lewis College

Grant Carlos Smith, archaeologist with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service
Current research regarding the possibility that material from the Promontory Caves may represent Athapaskan migration from approximately the 1,200’s – 1,400’s.

A combination of education and professional archaeological experience that includes a master’s degree in anthropology (archaeology emphasis), and extensive archaeological field work, lab work, and professional and technical report writing qualifies Grant as a full-time professional archaeologist. Grant’s education and work experience is primarily in prehistoric Southwestern and Great Basin archaeology, but he has also recorded, analyzed, and reported on numerous historic archaeological sites.

Lyceum in the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado

Rediscovering Ogden-Fettie – Part Two – Illinois Valley Archaological Society Lecture

August 6, 7:00 PM – Illinois State Museum

Dr. Michael Wiant of the Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds Museum will present the second of a two presentation series titled: “Rediscovering Ogden-Fettie”

The Ogden-Fettie site is a 2000-year-old settlement/cemetery complex located on the northern edge of the Spoon River floodplain as it enters the Illinois River valley. The site has been the subject of archaeological inquiry for more than 80 years. This May, Dickson Mounds Museum archaeologists and volunteers collected artifacts from the surface of the Ogden-Fettie site. The distribution of artifacts reveals information about the geological and cultural history of the site. In this slide illustrated presentation, Michael Wiant will briefly review the long history of archaeological study of this site and in particular the results of a recent graduate student thesis on pottery collected from the site in 1959 and 1985 and the recent surface collection.

The Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97.

Preservation of Prehistoric Mounds in Missouri – Missouri History Museum Lecture

August 5, 7:00 PM

Chris Koenig, Veterans Curation Program of St. Louis, discusses how to identify and help protect prehistoric mounds in Missouri.

AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere on the north side of Forest Park

Behind the Scenes at the Peruvian Gold Exhibit

August 1, 6:45 PM Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC August Lecture

Fredrik Hiebert, PhD

This lecture will take members for a visual behind-the-scenes tour of National Geographic’s Peruvian Gold exhibition.

Fred Hiebert is the curator of this exhibition and National Geographic’s archaeology fellow, and as such he carries out research in all parts of the world. In his career Fred has led excavations at a 4,000-year-old Silk Road city in Turkmenistan and conducted underwater archaeology projects in Lake Titicaca and the Black Sea. Fred completed his doctoral dissertation at Harvard University in 1992 and held the Robert H. Dyson chair of archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania before joining National Geographic in 2003.

August 1, 6:45 PM
Sumner School
17th & M Streets, N.W. Washington DC

Modern Nahuatl Class at Yale University Open to Public Sit In’s

July & August Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30am in Rosenkranz Hall Zacatecas, Zac. Mexico

John Sullivan, Ph.D.

As usual I´ve taken too long to get this announcement out. We would love to have visitors to our program at Yale this summer. Come and spend a day or two with us. Sit in on a Modern Nahuatl class (Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30am in Rosenkranz Hall). If you already know some Classical Nahuatl, work a few day with us in the intermediate/advanced Classical Nahuatl session (1-3pm for beginners, 4-6pm for intermediate/advanced). Bring a document or text you would like us to work on. Would you like to give a short talk on your research? We are doing brown-bag lunch talks Monday through Friday between 11:30am and 1pm. July 17, we´ll be doing the corn seed blessing ceremony in the evening and July 18 in the morning, we´ll be planting corn. Come and join us!

If you would like to stop by, write to me at


John Sullivan, Ph.D.
Director, Yale Summer Nahuatl Program
Visiting scholar, Faculty of Artes Liberales
University of Warsaw;
Professor of Nahua language and culture
Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas;
Director, Zacatecas Institute of Teaching and Research in Ethnology
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Centro Histórico
Zacatecas, Zac. 98000
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Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana Archaeological Society Lecture: “Early Horizon Plant Use and Diet at Caylan (Peru) as seen through the Analysis of Macrobotanical Remains and Human Feces.”

July 30, 7:00 PM – East Baton Rouge Parish Library Baton Rough, Louisiana

Beverly Clement, MA Anthropology, LSU Geography and Anthropology, Master’s thesis.

Bluebonnet Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library
Baton Rough, Louisiana

“Probing the Depths of New World Archaeology: A New Initiative of the Arizona Museum of Natural History”

July 25, 12:00 PM – Pueblo Grande Museum Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Jerry Howard, Curator of Anthropology, Arizona Museum of Natural History
Major collections donations to the museum from throughout the New World have put the AzMNH in a position to interpret the entire sweep of human history in the New World. These collections include amazing artifacts from North America, Mesoamerica and South America, aiding interpretation of the cultures of West Mexico, the Maya, the Aztec and Inca. This talk presents many of the items recently donated and discusses the ethics considered when acquiring prehistoric items. These new acquisitions have expanded the depth and breadth of the museum’s collections, opening new possibilities for public education. Dr. Howard will present ideas for interpretation and construction of a new wing of New World, hoping for ideas and feedback from the audience as the museum moves forward creating an exciting and unique educational experience.

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E Washington St,
Phoenix, Arizona

Hill Country Archaeological Association Lecture: “Field Work at Eagle Nest Rock Shelter, Mile Canyon 2014”

July 19, 12:30 PM – Riverside Nature Center Kerrville, Texas

Steve Stoutamire, Geologist, Anthropologist and Member of Hill Country Archeological Association, Kerrville, Texas

Steve will be presenting his experiences and what was discovered while working with Dr. Steve Black, and other archeologists and graduate students from Texas State University investigating the archeology and rock art of Eagle Nest Rock Shelter, near Langtry Texas. This is in the Lower Pecos Region where the desert environment and rock shelters have preserved so much of the material culture of prehistoric peoples over the last 12,000 years—it is hard to believe!!! This project was supported in part by our own Tom Miller!!!

Riverside Nature Center
150 Francisco Lemos,
Kerrville, Texas

Pueblo Grande Museum Lectures: “ASU Excavations at the Aztec city of Calixtlahuaca, Mexico”

July 18, 12:00 PM – Pueblo Grande Museum Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Michael Smith, Professor of Anthropology at Arizona State University
What was life like in a typical Aztec city? Aztec society is known primarily from the writings of Spanish and native authors, yet these sources are silent on patterns of everyday life outside the imperial capital.Arizona State University sponsored a fieldwork project at the Aztec provincial city of Calixtlahuaca in order to learn about social and economic conditions. Bypassing the pyramids and royal palace, we excavated houses, terraces, and workshops. This talk describes the excavations and what is being learned about the lives of the Aztec peoples. Dr. Smith traces the history of Calixtlahuaca from a powerful regional capital to a conquered town and finally to an abandoned site when its people were moved by Spanish authorities into the new city of Toluca to build a monastery.

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E Washington St,
Phoenix, Arizona

Harness Lecture Series: “Prehistoric Architecture of the Ohio River Valley”

July 17, 7:30 PM – Mound City Group Visitor Center Auditorium

Prehistoric architecture has been a neglected topic of scholarly interest in the Ohio River valley, however this has not been due to a lack of data. Although post-molds and other architectural remains are commonly found on sites of most prehistoric periods, archaeologists have struggled to understand how to interpret the three-dimensional structures that they represent. Although we do not yet have many of the answers we seek, we now understand these remains well enough to describe them in meaningful ways and ask answerable questions of the archaeological record. This lecture will include an introduction to the study of prehistoric architecture and examples of full-scale rebuilt structures from the Late Prehistoric period.

William Kennedy is the Curator of Anthropology for the Dayton Society of Natural History in Dayton, Ohio which operates four museums, two of which are archaeological sites: SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park and Fort Ancient Archaeological Park.

Mound City Group Visitor Center Auditorium
South-central Ohio at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
In the northern area of the city of Chillicothe.

Albuquerque Archaeological Association Lecture: “Vaqueros Come to this Pueblo to Trade: Results of Archaeological Remote Sensing Surveys Within and Around the Pecos Pueblo Trade Fair Area.”

July 15, 7:30 PM – Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Charles Haecker, Heritage Partnerships Program Archeologist with the NPS Intermountain Region in Santa Fe.

Albuquerque Museum
Albuquerque, New Mexico

2014 Indigenous Legacies Summer Lecture Series: Mysteries of Eastern America’s Ancient Past

July 12, 1:00 PM – Serpent Mound, Peebles, Ohio

“How the “Hopewell” Built Their World; Ancient Land Managers in the Ohio Valley”
Presented by Dr. Paul E. Patton, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ohio University

Managing and controlling the landscape is an important component of almost every human culture. Among the most conspicuous examples of landscape modification found in Eastern North America belong to the Hopewell Cultural era, when native peoples constructed large geometric earthworks and earthen mounds for ceremonial use.
Despite the grand scale of landscape modification at these cultural centers, research results now indicate that many of the people associated with these earthworks were also practicing large-scale management and modification of the habitats surrounding their villages and hamlets in order to increase the benefit gained from their native food and architectural resources.

In this lecture, Dr. Patton will explore the nature of Middle Woodland subsistence practices with particular attention to data gained from archaeological excavations in the Hocking Valley and the surrounding regions. This lecture will consider what long-term effects these prehistoric practices may have had on the forests of southern Ohio, by far the most predominant native ecosystem – then and now.

Dr. Paul Patton is the director of the Ohio University Archaeological Field School and is co-director of the Appalachia Population History Project. He holds a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies from Ohio University and a doctorate from the Ohio State University in Anthropology. Paul performed his undergraduate training from Ohio University in Anthropology and Classical Civilizations.

Dr. Patton’s current research focuses on archaeobotany and human-environment interrelationships. This summer he is working in collaboration with Wayne National Forest to identify and excavate Woodland Period hamlets in the Hocking Valley to better understand the establishment of these early sedentary communities.

Serpent Mound
3850 State Route 73,
Peebles, Ohio

Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC July Lecture: “Rethinking Rio Blanco Pottery: Production, Iconography, and Cultural Connections”

July 11, 6:45 PM – Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Washington DC

Bryan Just:

This talk will reexamine the extant literature on the molded and modeled vessels from the La Mixtequilla region of Veracruz, critiquing the centrality often given to the ballgame in interpretations of their complex narrative scenes. The talk will also explore the relationships among contemporaneous mold/modeled ceramic traditions from Veracruz, the Pacific coast, and the Maya lowlands. Replication and its potential meanings will be explored.

Bryan R. Just, PhD, is the Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, curator and lecturer in Art of the Ancient Americas at the Princeton University Art Museum. His recent publications include Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vase Painting of the Ik’ Kingdom (2012), Printed Pictures of Maya Sculpture (2012), and Mysteries of the Maize God (2009). Dr. Just served at the in-house curator for the exhibition Gifts of the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories from the Bering Strait, co-curated by William Fitzhugh and Julie Hollowell (October 2009–January 2010) at Princeton. He also curated Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vase Painting of the Ik Kingdom (October 2012–February 2013), which was a finalist for the 2012 Association of Art Curators Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum. Dr. Just regularly teaches an introductory lecture course on the art of Mesoamerica and topical seminars on a variety of subjects including the Maya, the Olmec, and the American Southwest. Currently he is curating re-installation of the ancient Americas galleries at the Princeton University Museum that is scheduled to be completed in early 2015. He is also developing an exhibition on the art of Peru’s first horizon (1000-1 BC), slated to open in 2017.

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives,
1201 17th Street NW.
Washington DC

Southwest Seminars Lecture – “Spanish Conquest of the Southern Cone of South America”

July 7, 6:00 PM Hotel Santa Fe – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dr.Thomas Dalton Dillehay:

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Religion, and Culture and Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, Rebecca Webb Wilson University

Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Research Professor, Vanderbilt University
Author, Settlement of the Americas: A New Prehistory

Hotel Santa Fe
1501 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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