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June 2021

Ben Bellorado and Chuck LaRue – Cotton Weaving in Mesoamerica and the Northern US Southwest: A Study of Loom Parts and Weaving Tools Across 1,000 Years and Two Continents

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST

ALL AAHS LECTURES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BUT YOU MUST PREREGISTER. TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. Cotton weaving traditions have tied the US Southwest with Mesoamerica for over a millennium. Archaeologists have traced the spread of cotton-weaving and backstrap-loom technologies from Mesoamerica, through the greater Southwest, and onto the northern Colorado Plateau in a journey that took centuries. The earliest evidence of backstrap loom-woven, cotton textiles in the northern Southwest appears in Ancestral Pueblo sites at about A.D. 900 and…

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July 2021

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

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  Recent research has negated such outdated views,…

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September 2021

Takeshi Inomata and Daniela Triadan – “Early Formal Ceremonial Complexes and Olmec-Maya Interaction”

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST

The origins of Maya civilization and its relation with Olmec civilization have long been debated. To examine this question, we have been conducting archaeological investigations at Ceibal, Guatemala, and in the Middle Usumacinta region in southeastern Mexico. In Mexico, we identified the site of Aguada Fénix, with a rectangular artificial plateau measuring 1,400 m in length and dating to 1,050-750 BC. This is the largest and oldest monumental construction in the Maya area. This find encouraged us to expand our…

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