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Myles Miller – Five Millennia of Living on the Landscapes of the Jornada Mogollon Region of Southern New Mexico and West Texas

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST (Arizona)

Four decades of archaeological research in the Jornada Mogollon region of southern New Mexico and far west Texas has revealed a rich record of past lifeways. Due to its marginal location and misperception that the archaeology of the region consists mainly of non-architectural hunter-gatherer sites, the prehistory of the region is often viewed as peripheral to developments in better-known and more archeologically visible culture areas of the US Southwest and Mexican Northwest (SW/NW).  Recent research has negated such outdated views, and the Jornada region can now be considered an important part of the greater SW/NW.  Archeological sites ranging in age from the Archaic to Historic period are well-represented, and among these periods are site types including shrine caves, pithouse villages, pueblos, and Spanish missions.  Evidence of ritual behavior and past beliefs has been identified through symbols and motifs inscribed or painted on rock art panels, in ritual features in pueblo rooms, in the construction of shrines, and even large agave baking pits.  Studies of Archaic and Jornada-style rock art have provided insights into complex and sophisticated beliefs and how past inhabitants engaged with sacred landscapes and landscape features.  For much of the prehistoric sequence of the past 5,000 years, we can now link broad patterns of prehistoric settlement adaptations and social change to the iconography inscribed and painted on rock faces, ceramics, and other items.  Recent discoveries in southeastern New Mexico at the eastern margins of the Jornada region will also be presented.  


July 19
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
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Paul Minnis