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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Speaker: Matt Barbour
Subject: History of Jemez Province
Located along the southern flanks of the Jemez Mountains, the Towa or “Mountain Anasazi” of Jemez Pueblo have always represented a distinct cultural group among the Pueblo peoples of the Rio Grande. Unlike their Keres neighbors who congregated in large farming communities along major rivers and produced a distinct polychrome pottery, the Towa historically lived in much more dispersed settlements high atop forested mesas and away from permanent water sources. They relied heavily on rainfall to sustain their agriculture and continued the manufacture of black on white pottery long after the practice was abandoned by other Puebloan groups. This presentation explores the unique history of the Jemez people from their migration into the region in the 1200s to the present day.
About the Presenter:
Matthew J. Barbour holds BA (2002) and MA (2010) degrees in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and has worked for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs since 2002. Currently, he is the Manager of Jemez Historic Site (Giusewa Pueblo/San Jose de los Jemez Mission) in Jemez Springs. Mr. Barbour has published more than 100 nonfiction articles and monographs on the archaeology and history of the American Southwest. He is a regular contributor to several local newspapers and regional magazines. In 2012, and then again in 2014, Mr. Barbour was awarded the City of Santa Fe Heritage Preservation Award for Excellence in Archaeology.
Archaeological Society of New Mexico
2015 Annual Meeting
May 1-3, 2015
Archaeology in the Rio Grande del Norte: a Collaboration