Here are events for this week that help reveal the ancient Native American civilizations of the Americas:
March 18, 7:30 PM
Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture
"The Boring Side of Paquime"
The size and massive architecture of Paquimé (Casas Grandes) in northwestern Chihuahua has impressed visitors for centuries, ever since the first Spanish entradas to the area. During the Medio Period, approximately A.D. 1200-1450, this site was one of the major and most influential communities in the SW/NW (Southwest U.S./northwest Mexico).
The Joint Casas Grandes Expedition’s excavations, guided by the Amerind Foundation and Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, during the mid-20th century revealed even more impressive archaeological data such as 1½ tons of shell, hundreds of tropical parrots, an amazingly well designed water system, and extraordinary architecture engineering. Yet, to have a fuller understand the society—any society, for that matter—we need to look beyond all the glitter and goodies. Study of farming, humble outlying villages, groundstone, turkeys, and even barely visible charred plant remains paint a fuller understand of this remarkable society. Maybe boring isn’t really boring after all.
University Medical Center’s Duval Auditorium,
1500 N Campbell Blvd,
March 18, 7:30 PM
Santa Fe Archaeological Society Lecture
"The Chaco Era Outlier that Wasn't"
Courtyard by Marriott,
3347 Cerrillos Rd,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
March 18, 6:00 PM
Southwest Seminars Lecture
"The Pueblo Cosmos Through Time and Space"
Dr. Sam Duwe
Santa Fe Hotel
Santa Fe, New Mexico
March 19, 6:00 PM
Archaeology Café (Phoenix) Lecture
"How Migration Transformed Social Networks in the Late Prehispanic Southwest"
Dr. Matthew Peeples (Archaeology Southwest) explores the nature of widespread social transformations in the centuries just before the Spaniards arrived.
Please support our hosts at Macayo’s Central (near the Indian School light rail stop) by purchasing refreshments from the menu—at happy hour prices!
4001 N. Central Ave.,
March 20, 6:30 PM
Upper Grand Valley Chapter; Michigan Archaeological Society Lecture
“Archaeology of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge: the Clunie Site (20SA722)”
Baker Hall, Room 454
Michigan State Uuniversity
March 21, 7:00 PM
East Central Illinois Archaeology Society Lecture
"Recent Work at Two Mound and Village Sites in Vermilion County"
Doug Jackson and Amanda Butler
Urbana Free Library
210 W Green St.
March 21, 6:00 PM
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinner & presentation
“The Zuni Region across the Lost Century: AD 1450-1540”
with archaeologist Matt Peeples, Ph.D.,
The period between A.D. 1450 and the arrival of Coronado in 1540 has often been depicted as a “lost century” in the Southwest. During this period, most of the region saw a substantial decline in population, large scale population movements, and rapid changes in the organization of the communities that remained. The Zuni region of west-central New Mexico is one of only a few places in the northern Southwest where large agricultural villages that were first constructed during the late prehistoric period continued to be occupied through the “lost century” and into the historic period. The construction of the latest prehistoric Zuni towns in the late 14th and early 15th centuries was accompanied by major changes in architecture, cooking technology, ceramic design, and burial practices. These changes suggest the Zuni region was a destination for migrants from some of the areas to the south that were emptying out at this time. In this month’s presentation our guest speaker will summarize several lines of archaeological and biological evidence to explore the origins, timing, and consequences of immigration into the Zuni region, and the establishment of the communities encountered by the Spanish explorers de Niza and Coronado at contact.
Old Pueblo’s guest speaker for this “dinner-format” program is Matt Peeples, an archaeologist specializing in the Zuni-Cibola and Mimbres regions of the U.S. Southwest.
Cody's Beef ‘N Beans Steakhouse,
2708 E. Fort Lowell Rd.,
March 21, 3:55 PM
"American Indians and the Earthworks: Contemporary Issues"
Ohio State University at Newark
March 21, 7:30 PM
South Suburban Archaeology Society Lecture
Donand E. McVicker, PhD
Professor of Anthropology, emeritus, North Central College
Research Associate in Anthropology, Field Museum
March 23, 1:15 PM
British Museum Gallery talk
The Human Figure in Ancient Mesoamerica
Courtesy Mike Ruggeri.