Here are events for the month of March that help reveal the ancient Native American civilizations of the Americas:
March 11, 6:00 PM
Southwest Seminars Lecture
"Archaeological Site Intrusions and Pueblo Migrations: A View From the Pajarito Plateau Coalition Era Sites (1175-1325 CE)"
Santa Fe Hotel
Santa Fe, New Mexico
March 12, 2013, 7:30 PM
AIA; St. Louis Society
"The Nasca Lines in their Cultural and Religious Context (Peru)"
Professor Christina Conlee, Texas State University
Missouri History Museum Auditorium
5700 Lindell Boulevard at DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, Missouri
March 12, 5:30 PM
Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society Lecture
“Update on Singer Moye Site, Stewart County.”
Stefan Brannon of the University of Georgia
Auditorium at Fernbank Museum of Natural History,
767 Clifton Road NE,
March 12, 7:00 PM
Arkansas Archeological Survey Lecture
"Modern Technology & Archaeology at the Protohistoric Carden Bottoms Site"
Dr. Jami Lockhart, Arkansas Archeological Survey
2475 N. Hatch Ave.,
(west of Garland across from Agri Park)
March 12, 7:00 PM
Taos Archaeological Society Lecture
"Recent Research on Clovis Cache"
David Kilby, PhD, Archaeologist, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology, Eastern New Mexico University
One of the most striking features of the Clovis period is the enigmatic caches of tools these people left behind over 13,000 years ago. These collections range from a handful of artifacts of a single type to literally hundreds of items of diverse form. Some are associated with red ocher or other exotic items. Two such caches were discovered at Blackwater Draw, including the first one ever identified. Past interpretations of caches include burial offerings, material storage, and safety measures taken as groups explored and colonized the New World. Regardless of their function, caches are unique among archaeological assembles in that they provide a window into working toolkits of Pleistocene hunter-gatherers. Given the increasing number of caches discovered or identified in collections, I believe that caching can be considered a regular part of Clovis strategies that merits focused attention. Their diversity in form and content suggests that they served more than a single purpose. This presentation will present the results of investigating over 20 potential Clovis caches toward understanding their distribution, their functions, and their potential uses for furthering our understanding of Clovis adaptations.
David Kilby completed his doctoral dissertation on Clovis caches and caching behavior at the University of New Mexico, which reflects an ongoing research focus on Paleoindian archaeology and lithic technology. Other academic interests include geoarchaeology, hunter-gatherer ecology, and Southwestern prehistory. In pursuing these interests he has had the opportunity to work at some of the classic western Paleoindian sites, including Blackwater Draw, Murray Springs, Mockingbird Gap, Folsom, and the Rio Rancho Folsom site, as well as Boca Negra Wash, Deann’s Site, Demolition Road, Nall Playa, and others. Dr. Kilby’s current research includes continued investigation of Clovis caches, including the newly recognized Beach cache in North Dakota, as well as ongoing investigations of archaeology and paleoclimate at the Blackwater Draw site.
Kit Carson Electric
118 Cruz Alta Rd,
Taos, New Mexico
March 13, 7:00 PM
Arizona Archaeological Society; Desert Foothills Chapter
"Mammoth and Bison Petroglyphs in Utah"
6502 E Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, Arizona
March 13, 7:00 PM
Illinois State Museum Paul Mickey Science Series
"The Grand Island Archaeology: Twelve Years of Research on Lake Superior's South Shore"
Dr. James Skibo, Illinois State University
Grand Island is the largest island on the south shore of Lake Superior. Located just off shore from the small community of Munising, Michigan, the island has been continuously occupied from 2,000 B.C. to the present and has played a key role in both the prehistory and history of the region. The Grand Island Archaeological Research Project is a cooperative program between Illinois State University and the Hiawatha National Forest as archaeologists investigate sites that cover the entire human history of Grand Island in order to understand the specific activities of the people who lived and used the resources of the island. For the first time, the focus during the 2012 field season was the western side of the island where a multi-component site (Archaic through Woodland Periods) was investigated.
ISM Research & Collections Center,
1011 East Ash Street (enter the building from 10 ½ Street between Ash & Laurel Streets),
March 14, 7:30 PM
Pacific Coast Archaeology Society Lecture
"Sifting Fact from Fiction: The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island"
Steven J. Schwartz
Mr. Schwartz’s talk will summarize the true story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island and will present the latest archival and archaeological findings. Much new information has come to light in the last few years. Recently discovered Russian documents add to our understanding of the circumstances of Lone Woman’s abandonment, the tragic beginning of the story. New archaeological findings are adding details about her isolated life on the island—where she lived and how she survived; Historical research adds to our understanding of her life in Santa Barbara, the tragic end of the story.
Mr. Schwartz has walked where she walked, is one of the leading experts on the story, and has many insights from his years of experience on the island. He has served as the Navy's senior archaeologist on San Nicolas for almost 25 years, and because of this position, he has become a leading expert on the Lone Woman story. Prior to his present position, he worked for nine years at the US Army Corps of Engineers office in Los Angeles, overseeing archaeological and historical projects throughout the Southwest. In 1989 he moved to the Navy base at Point Mugu and quickly established an archaeology program for San Nicolas Island, developing a strong working relationship with California State University, Los Angeles, and other universities. During his time with the Navy, Mr. Schwartz supervised the complete survey of all archaeological sites on the island, the preparation of various background studies, and excavated at numerous sites. He also has a keen interest in the history of the island and has overseen studies of the various historic themes from sheep ranching to the Cold War. His other interests include rock art research. He has conducted extensive surveys of rock art sites at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and has worked a number of smaller projects throughout the Desert West. His most exotic work was in Australia where he worked with an aboriginal elder to record the stories that accompany the rock art in the Wardaman lands.
Irvine Ranch Water District,
15500 Sand Canyon Avenue (between the I-5 and I-405)
March 14, 7:00 PM
Arizona Archaeological Society; Phoenix Chapter Lecture
"Pueblo Verde Ruin"
Mark Hackbarth, Senior Archaeologist, Logan Simpson Design, Tempe. Mark received his M.A. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1980 and has participated in archaeological investigations in Arizona since 1982. He served as Field Director or Principal Investigator for several large projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including two phases of data recovery at Palo Verde Ruin, the largest Hohokam village on the New River. Both site chronology and site structure/ organization will be reviewed in terms of the collapse of the ball court system and abandonment of the Northern Periphery around AD 1050-1150. What is left of the ruin is viewable in The Palo Verde Ruin Open Space Park, a neighborhood park in Peoria. The park was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Community Room at the Pueblo Grande Museum,
4619 E. Washington St.
March 15, 2013, 7:30 PM
Maya Society of Minnesota Lecture
"Ancient Maya Creator Gods"
Research Associate, Department of Archaeology,
University of Calgary,Canada; Director of Jolja Cave Project, Chiapas Mexico
Giddens Learning Center 100E,
Saint Paul, Minnesota
March 15, 5:30 PM
Dumbarton Oaks Lecture
"Sacrificial Blood, Death and Rebirth in Pre-Columbian Mural Painting"
María Teresa Uriarte
For centuries, cultures around the world have practiced ritual blood offerings and death by sacrifice. In ancient Mesoamerica, these practices were considered essential to rebirth, renewal, and the cycling of the world. A number of ancient murals, notably the spectacular paintings of Cacaxtla, Mexico, depict individuals engaged in offering blood. The paintings document the importance and antiquity of the practice and illustrate its role in a process of sacrifice, death and rebirth that lies at the heart of the Mesoamerican worldview.
María Teresa Uriarte is head of the Cultural Affairs department of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma
de México (UNAM) and director of the project “La
pintura mural Prehispánica.” She is the author of over 40 publications and co-editor of Olmeca: balance y perspectivas and Pre-Columbian Architecture in Mesoamerica.
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Dumbarton Oaks Museum
March 15, 1:15 PM
British Museum Gallery talk
"Aztec Turquoise Mosaics Under the Microscope"
2013 Midwest Mesoamericanists Meeting
Loyola University, Chicago
McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall
6431 N. Sheridan Rd,
(Loyola El Stop)
First Lecture at 8:30 AM
Toponyms, Names, Polity, and Identity amongst the Classic Period Petexbatun Maya Jeff Buechler (UI Chicago)
Architectural Trends of Southern Quintana Roo: An Intra-Regional Examination of Variety in the Built Environment Lindsay Kay Robinson (UW Madison)
A Multiscalar Approach to Identify a Classic Maya Marketplace at Buenavista del Cayo, Belize Bernadette Cap (UW Madison)
Plant Patterns and Sustainable Practices of the Maya: Past and Present
Colleen Lindsay (UI Urbana-Champaign)
A Mesoamerican Online Ethnobotanical Database Jon B Hageman (Northeastern Illinois), Kelsey O. Nordine (Wash U St. Louis), & David J. Goldstein (NPS - St. Croix)
Watery Landscape of Ancient Maya: Analysis of a Sediment Column from the Paynes Creek Salt Works, Belize Jessica Harrison (UI Urbana-Champaign) & Heather McKillop (LSU)
Itza, Kowoj, and Chak’an Itza Obsidian Procurement Strategies: A pXRF Analysis of Small Projectile Weaponry from Petén, Guatemala
Nathan J. Meissner (SIU Carbondale), Prudence M. Rice (SIU Carbondale), &
Timothy W. Pugh (Queens College/CUNY)
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
Ritual Use of Animals in the Formative Mixteca Alta
Ayla M. Amadio (SIU Carbondale)
Reactivation of Sacred Landscape in the Last Great Maya City
Khristin Landry (UI Chicago)
A Monumental Maya Pilgrimage Shrine at Lake Mensabak, Chiapas
Joel Palka (UI Chicago)
Cholula and Cahokia
Alice B. Kehoe (Marquette)
A Re-examination of Predatory Animal Imagery at Teotihuacan, Mexico
Charles R. Stapleton (NIU)
Lightning in Mesoamerica: Manifestations and Transformations
John E. Staller (Independent Scholar)
What Lies Beneath: Carving on the Underside of Aztec Sculpture
Claudia Brittenham (U Chicago)
Mesoamerican Copper: An Industry of Connections
Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Independent Scholar)
Further Adventures at Lake Mensabak, Chiapas: Dates, Obsidian, and West Mexican Metal Rebecca Deeb (UI Chicago)
The Curious Case of the Spouted Vessels
Helen Perlstein Pollard (MSU), Joshua Lieto (MSU), & A. Daniel Jones (MSU)
Accessing Value: A Study of Maya Middle Preclassic Pottery from the Western Petén Lakes Area of Guatemala Katherine E. South (SIU Carbondale)
'The Dog’s Breakfast' and Tarascan Ceramic Petrography
Amy Hirshman (WVU)
Marine Fossils as Significant Objects in Maya Commoner Households
Lauren Herckis (U Pitt)
Manufacture of Shell Objects in a Formative Site in Oaxaca, Mexico
Maria Teresa Palomares (SIU Carbondale) & Felipe Nava (ENAH)
Land Disputes and Colonial Representation in the Mexican Manuscript Known as the Relación de Michoacán Angelica Anfandor-Pujol (U Minnesota)
Xochihuia—Nahua Love Magic in Context León Garcia Garagarza (Newberry)
Historic Maya Warfare, Sacred Places and Divine Protection
Chris Hernandez (Northwestern) & Joel Palka (UI Chicago)
March 16, 3:00 PM
Dumbarton Oaks Lecture
"Classic Maya Politicking: Perspectives from Three Monuments"
The Classic Maya royal court developed as a full-fledged institution within the context of the often tumultuous years of the Late Classic period (ca. 600-900 CE). Research on its members and their roles reveals a strategically dynamic institution that was a productive locus of influence and power. Iconographic and hieroglyphic data shed light on the court as a political community, highlight the ways that this institution was variable and adaptable, and aid in identifying cultural metaphors that framed Maya understandings of the court.
Sarah Jackson is an anthropological archaeologist, specializing in the study of ancient Maya culture. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and is currently Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. Her first book is titled Politics of the Maya Court: Hierarchy and Change in the Late Classic Period.
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Dumbarton Oaks Museum
March 16, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Maya Society of Minnesota Workshop
"The Iconography of the Gods from the Popul Vuh and Classic Period Maya Art"
Giddens Learning Center 6S - the Anthropology Lab,
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Courtesy Mike Ruggeri.