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Barbara Roth – Lived Lives: Individuals in Mimbres Pithouse and Pueblo Communities

July 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST (Arizona)

This lecture is now being offered VIRTUALLY ONLY through AAHS@Home and Zoom.  Pre-registration is required:  Use this link:  bit.ly/2022JulyRothREG

We often view the occupants of past pithouse and pueblo villages as households or groups, seeing them as a collective rather than as individuals who lived, worked, played, and interacted within a community. Our recent work at several pithouse and pueblo sites in the Mimbres Mogollon region of southwestern New Mexico has documented the presence of individuals that enhance our understanding of daily life in these communities. In this presentation, I use data from excavations at two pithouse sites, La Gila Encantada and Harris, and the pueblo site of Elk Ridge to highlight individuals who lived at these sites. I will discuss the information we used to determine their presence and how thinking about individuals in the past can help us further explore the dynamics of communities in the past.

Dr. Barbara Roth is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who studies prehistoric cultures in the Southwestern U.S. She has conducted research on the transition to agriculture in the Southwest and currently works in the Mimbres Mogollon region of southwestern New Mexico examining household and community organization during the Pithouse and Classic period pueblo periods. She has directed excavations at several Pithouse period sites and more recently worked at the Elk Ridge site, a large Classic period pueblo located in the Mimbres River Valley.  




Suggested readings:

Anyon, Roger, and Barbara J. Roth

2018 Changing Perspectives on Pithouse Period Occupations in the Mimbres Region. In New Perspectives on Mimbres Archaeology, Three Millennia of Human Occupation in the North American Southwest, edited by Barbara J. Roth, Patricia A. Gilman, and Roger Anyon, pp. 48-63.  University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ.

Hegmon, Michelle
2002 Recent Issues in the Archaeology of the Mimbres Region of the North American Southwest.  Journal of Archaeological Research 10: 307-357.

Roth, Barbara J., and Kathryn M. Baustian
2015 Kin Groups and Social Power at the Harris Site, Southwestern New Mexico. American Antiquity 80: 451-471.


July 18, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
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