Taos Archaeological Society
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Speaker: Paul F. Reed, Preservation Archaeologist
Topic: The Complexity and Diversity of Chaco CanyonChaco Canyon’s massive sites, beauty, and mystery need little introduction for literate audiences in the American Southwest. Less well known, though, are the complexity and diversity of Pueblo sites in Chaco. We interpret Chaco primarily by looking at great houses such as Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl, Pueblo Alto, and the other dozen sites. Because of this it is critical that we understand how the great houses were used and how other sites in Chaco Canyon were part of the settlement system. In this lecture, I will dig into these issues and go beneath the surface to explore the uniqueness and magic of the ancient Puebloan society headquartered at Chaco Canyon.
Paul Reed - UNM-Taos Professor of Anthropology and Preservation Archaeologist
Paul Reed is a Preservation Archaeologist with the Tucson, Arizona based Archaeology Southwest and works as a Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins, New Mexico. Reed has been employed in this position for 15 years. Reed has written multiple journal articles and reports over 30 years as an archaeologist. He completed work as editor (and author of several chapters) on Chaco's Northern Prodigies: Salmon, Aztec, and the Ascendancy of the Middle San Juan Region After AD 1100, published by the University of Utah Press in August 2008. Reed was also editor (and author of several chapters) of the three-volume, comprehensive report entitled Thirty-Five Years of Archaeological Research at Salmon Ruins, New Mexico published in 2006 by the Center and the Salmon Ruins Museum. His other books -- The Puebloan Society of Chaco Canyon and Foundations of Anasazi Culture (as editor) have explored the origins of ancient Pueblo culture and Chaco Canyon. For the last two years, Reed has been working to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape from the effects of expanded oil-gas development associated with fracking in the Mancos Shale formation. Through a series of meetings and forums with public officials, Tribal leaders, various US Government agencies, and New Mexico’s Congressional delegation, Archaeology Southwest and its partners have focused on expanding protections to sites, traditional cultural places, and fragile landscapes in the greater San Juan Basin.
Join other TAS members and our speaker for Dinner at 5PM
Guadalajara Grill South, 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, across from Ace Hardware.
Arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, place your order at the front, and take your number to the back room. No reservations needed.
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