Check out the events this month that reveal the ancient civilizations that once inhabited North America:
- "What’s New in the Study of the First Americans": January 2, 7:00 PM, Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture. Archaeologists continue to advance our understanding of human history during the first few centuries following migration to the western hemisphere. It appears that there were multiple migrations from different areas of Asia and perhaps Europe; migration began earlier than previously supposed; and the new inhabitants survived substantial changes in climate and perhaps the impact of a comet. Questions also remain about the extinction of Ice Age Megafauna. Dr. Michael Wiant, Director at Dickson Mounds Museum, The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds. Between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. http://www.experienceDicksonMounds.com
- "Origins of Civilization in the Americas": January 4, 6:45 PM. Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC January Lecture. This lecture provides an unusual opportunity to review the full sweep of pre-Columbian societies across the North and South American continents and across time. Using his beautiful images, our speaker will survey ancient American cultures, touching on the First Americans; the Olmec, the Maya, and other Mesoamerican cultures, as well as Andean societies, such as, the Moche, the Huari, Tiawananku, and Inca. This talk will also feature the challenges and thrills of being a working photographer in exotic out-of-the-way places and what it takes to capture the sense of New World sites at a time before European contact. Ken Garrett began his photographic career in the early 1970's and shot his first article for National Geographic Magazine about tall ships in 1972. Specializing in archaeology, paleontology, and ancient cultures worldwide, some of Garret's other National Geographic work includes "La Ruta Maya," "The Iceman," "Death on the Nile", and a series on the dawn of humans. Book credits include El Templo Mayor: the Great Temple of the Aztecs in Mexico, Tutankamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, and Lucy's Child. Garrett's photographic work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, The University of Pennsylvania Museum and in Egypt, Cuba, and Japan. He was awarded a BA in anthropology from the University of VA. Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, 1201 17th Street NW, WAshington DC. http://www.pcswdc.org/monthly_lecture.php
- "An Atypical Mimbres Site; New Research at Woodrow Ruin, New Mexico": January 7, 6:00 PM. Southwest Seminars Lecture, Jacob William Sedig, Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://www.southwestseminars.org/SWS/Ancient_Sites_2013.html
- "Architectural Documentation of Spring House, a large unexcavated cliff dwelling on Long Mesa at Mesa Verde National Park.": January 8, 7:00 PM. Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society Lecture. Spring House has nearly 85 rooms and seven kivas, similar in size to Spruce Tree House. In the upper part of the Spring House alcove there are eight rooms with remarkable preservation of their wood, adobe floors, and pink and tan plastered walls. Dr. Patricia Flint Lacey. Patricia Flint Lacey came to southwest Colorado in 1982 to work on the Dolores Archaeological Project after completing her doctoral studies in anthropology at the University of Oregon. Over the last 30 years she has worked and volunteered for the BLM Anasazi Heritage Center as a museum educator and researcher. For the past two years she has worked for Mesa Verde National Park. For question about this or other lectures, please call Diane McBride at 970-560-1643. First Methodist Church, 515 North Park Street, Cortez, Colorado
- "Early Taos Pottery and the Evidence for Cultural Mixing in Prehistoric Northern New Mexico": January 8, 7:00 PM. Taos Archaeological Society Lecture. Skip Miller is the Carson National Forest Archaeologist and Tribal Relations Lead, USDA Forest Service, Carson National Forest, Taos New Mexico – July 2009 to present.
Responsible for providing National Historic Preservation Act, Sections 106 and 110 and NEPA oversight on all potentially ground disturbing and planning activities on the six districts of the Carson N.F. Manage all tribal consultation with the 16 tribes that have interests and or concerns on the forest. Manage the work load and project planning for the seven Carson district and zone archeologists. Oversee the national, regional and forest agency databases and reporting standards. Skip Miller, Kit Carson Electric, 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos, New Mexico. http://www.taosarch.org/Default.aspx?pageId=98127&eventId=539651&EventVi...
- “The Role of Salmon in Middle Snake River Human Economy: The Hetrick Site in Regional Contexts”: January 8, 7:00 PM. Oregon Archaeological Society Lecture. Cassandra Manetas, M.A. is the featured speaker. Intensification of resources such as salmon, roots, and local aquatic resources is often cited as the cause of declining mobility on the Columbia Plateau. Manetas’ analysis of fish remains from the Hetrick site, with occupations that span the Holocene, will discuss expectations from foraging theory and paleoclimate data to address whether salmon and other fish use changed over time. Manetas interest is in how archaeological sites can provide insight on population size, habitat, etc. for a wide variety of species over long spans of time, and how this work can be applied to modern conservation issues. She currently works for the Washington Dept. of Transportation as a Cultural Resource Specialist. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). 1945 SE Water Street, Portland, Oregon. http://www.oregonarchaeological.org/events.htm
- "Institute of Maya Studies Explorer Session Lecture"-“Getting to Know the Maya” with Dr. Anne StewartJanuary 9, 8:00 PM. The IMS is initiating an eight-month series of classes and workshops to teach about the Maya. Learn what you don’t know about our favorite ancient culture. This introduction to the course is designed to answer questions such as: Why do we study the Maya? What do we know about the beginning of the Maya? Just when did early man reach the New World and when and where did they become Maya? How do we know what we think we know about the Maya? After looking at everything from spear points and obsidian blades to DNA studies and the lithographs of Frederick Catherwood in his Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America Chiapas and Yucatán, we hope to have some of the answers. The Institute of Maya Studies meets at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Avenue, across from Vizcaya; Maya Hotline: 305-279-8110.
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- "Analysis of the Rock Art at Little Lake": January 10, 7:30 PM. Pacific Coast Archaeology Society Lecture. John Bretney. The January speaker will be John Bretney, a PCAS member for the last decade, who works as a physicist for Raytheon. He holds a Master’s degree in physics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For the past 15 years John has dedicated much of his free time to the Rock Art Archive at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA. Among the institute’s activities is the recording of petroglyphs and pictographs at Little Lake, California. The results of these efforts are documented in Rock Art at Little Lake: An Ancient Crossroads in the California Desert. John also volunteers as a monitor for three rock art sites in the Opal Mountains. Little Lake is located at the north end of a desert valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Here, water flows to the surface throughout the year. In what can be a harsh and unforgiving environment, desert people placed their symbols on natural rock walls, either by carving/pecking into the medium or by applying pigments onto stone surfaces. The eight large rock art sites at Little Lake are stretched across only a two mile area. All have more or less equal access. Cotsen researchers apply statistical methods to clusters of rock art in such areas to draw comparisons that might allow inferences about functions of individual sites. Mr. Bretney will share with our members and guests the outcomes of investigations carried out by the Cotsen Institute at Little Lake and will detail his role in the process. Irvine Ranch Water District, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue (between the I-5 and I-405), Irvine, California. http://www.pcas.org/meetings.html
- "53rd Annual Meeting of the Institute of Andean Studies": January 11-12. Room 112, Wurster Hall,. University of California, Berkeley, California. $40.00 (students $10.00) until January 1, 2013; thereafter, including at the meeting, $60.00 (students $20.00). The program is listed at the website; http://www.instituteofandeanstudies.org/meetings.html
- "University Indian Ruin: Changing Views of the Hohokam Late Classic Period in the Tucson Basin": January 13, 7:30 PM. Arizona Archaeology and Historical Society Lecture. Suzanne K. Fish, Paul R. Fish and Mark Elson. Late Classic period room near University Indian Ruin’s main platform mound. Photograph by Henry Wallace. From approximately A.D. 1200 to 1450, and perhaps even later, University Indian Ruin was a prominent Hohokam center with platform mounds. As the only Classic period center with such public buildings in the eastern Tucson Basin, this settlement undoubtedly served as the focal point for a much larger surrounding community of interrelated small hamlets and villages. Occupied from early through late Classic phases, the site encompassed residential and ritual architecture and artifact assemblages that span this dynamic interval. After a former student donated a portion of University Indian Ruin to the Department of Archaeology in 1930, a variety of archaeologists excavated in its well-preserved core, but only Julian Hayden’s (1956) work on and around the main platform mound has been comprehensively reported. Beginning in 2010, Paul Fish and Suzanne Fish have taught the School of Anthropology’s spring archaeological field school at University Indian Ruin in collaboration with the Arizona State Museum and Desert Archaeology, Inc. Mark Elson has co-taught the field school for two years and Jim Watson for one year, with Lawrence Conyers, Douglas Craig, and Patrick Lyons as additional research principals. Results to date help evaluate the potential to integrate previous investigation with current and future research. Methods include detailed mapping, applications of ground penetrating radar, controlled surface collections, shallow wall trenching to define architectural outlines, and excavation of selected rooms. The confirmation of a second small platform mound with attached exterior rooms and the diversity of residential structures heighten an appreciation of architectural complexity during a time of population movement, aggregation, and accelerated cultural change. Differential acquisition of polychrome types, distant obsidian, exotic chert, consumption of bison, and late prehispanic pottery of Zuni and probable Sonoran origin provide new insight into Classic period regional interaction. University Medical Center’s Duval Auditorium, 1500 N Campbell Blvd, Tucson, Arizona. http://www.az-arch-and-hist.org/programs-2/lectures/
- "The Wet and the Dry; Water Abundance and Ancient Social Complexity": January 14, 6:00 PM. Southwest Seminars Lecture. Dr. Vernon Scarborough
Hotel Santa Fe. Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://www.southwestseminars.org/SWS/Ancient_Sites_2013.html
- "The Art of Maya Architecture: Cosmology and Dynasty in the Built Environment": January 15-19, 2013. 2013 Maya Meetings. January 15-19, 2013. The University of Texas at Austin. Austin, Texas. http://utdirect.utexas.edu/txshop/list.WBX?component=0&application_name=...
- “The Mirador Basin: The Cultural and Natural Legacy in the Cradle of the Maya Civilization”: January 16, 8:00 PM. Institute of Maya Studies Presentation with Dr. Richard Hansen. The multi-disciplinary approach of investigation has provided new justification for the conservation and responsible development of the area, and suggests that investigation, conservation, and social development has to progress simultaneously to be effective agents for the long-term preservation of endangered and important cultural and natural heritage sites. In 2003, Dr. Richard D. Hansen, a Senior Scientist from Idaho State University, initiated major investigation, stabilization, and conservation programs at El Mirador with a multi-disciplinary approach, including staff and technical personnel from 52 universities and research institutions from throughout the world. By August 2008, the team had published 168 scientific papers and 474 technical reports as well as numerous documentary films. The Institute of Maya Studies meets at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Avenue, across from Vizcaya; Maya Hotline: 305-279-8110. Subscribe to the full-color e-mailed version of our monthly IMS Explorer newsletter at:www.instituteofmayastudies.org
- "Mammoth in the Artichokes and Paleo-Indian Developments.": January 17, 7:30 PM. Santa Cruz Archaeological Society Lecture. In the spring of 2011, the remains of a Columbian Mammoth were archaeologically recovered from the artichoke fields of Castroville. In addition to the partial, but articulated remains of the mammoth, a variety of other Late Pleistocene animals were also recovered. In the hope of finding a link to Paleo Indian behavior, a research team involving many different colleges and universities was tasked to investigate. The process of learning about these animals has lead to a journey of discovery about the landscape and natural history of the Monterey Bay region at the end of the Great Ice Age. This lecture will highlight some of the many insights we have gained, and will share information about our recovery of the remains of creatures that were once top of the menu for first people - but have vanished from our world as if they had never been. Mark Hylkema is the Santa Cruz District Archaeologist for California State Parks, and manages cultural resources within 32 parks in an area ranging from San Francisco to the Pajaro River. Mark also works on many other projects throughout the state and has 32 years experience in California archaeology, with an emphasis on Native American culture. In addition to State Parks, he is an adjunct professor of Anthropology at Foothill College, and has taught anthropology courses at Santa Clara University, University of California at Santa Cruz, De Anza College, Ohlone College, and Cabrillo College. Sesnon House Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, California. http://www.santacruzarchsociety.org/calendar.html
- "Lost Walls/Murals Rebuilt: Interdisciplinary approaches to the Conservation of Preclassic Maya Wall Paintings from San Bartolo, Guatemala": January 18, 12:00 PM. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Talk. Caitlin O'Grady, A222 Fowler, UCLA
- "Pueblo Propriety, Lexicography and Literacy": January 21, 6:00 PM. Southwest Seminars Lecture. Dr. Erin Debenport, Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://www.southwestseminars.org/SWS/Ancient_Sites_2013.html
- "Wari Empire site of Pikallacta in Peru": January 22, 7:00 PM. Verde Valley Archaeology Center Lecture. Fred Kraps, 385 S. Main Street, Camp Verde, Arizona
- "From the Myth of Kings to the Math of Kings: Art, Science, and the Ancient Maya": January 24, 6:30 PM. School for Advanced Research Lecture. William Saturno. The murals of San Bartolo and Xultun are separated by more than 900 years of Maya history and reflect very different relationships between society and the cosmos. Dr. William Saturno explores the most recent finds and paints a picture of Maya society driven by royal figures who exploited art and science to establish and maintain their place as symbol and center of Maya urban life. 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://sarweb.org/index.php?membership_lecture_william_saturno
- "Maya Migration in Modern Mexico: The Case of the Yucatán Peninsula": January 25, 2013, 7:30 PM. Maya Society of Minnesota Lecture, Dr. Bianet Castellanos, Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Minnesota. Giddens Learning Center 100E, Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota. http://sites.hamline.edu/mayasociety/
- "Textiles, Baskets, Hide and Wood; New Research of the Earliest Perishable Collections from Southeast Utah": January 28, 6:00 PM. Southwest Seminars Lecture. Santa Fe Foundation Community Classroom. 501 Halona Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://www.southwestseminars.org/SWS/Ancient_Sites_2013.html
Courtesy Mike Ruggeri.