Taos Archaeological Society

TAS Monthly Meeting/Lecture

  • 22 Feb 2011
  • 7:00 PM - 8:29 PM
  • Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos


February's Rescheduled monthly meeting: 

 When:      February 22, 7PM

Where:    Quail Ridge meeting room - 88 Ski Valley Rd (Highway 150), El Prado 

Speaker:  Marcel Kornfeld, Professor of Archaeology, University of Wyoming

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Title:              The First Rocky Mountaineers

Speaker:       Marcel Kornfeld, Professor of Archaeology, University of Wyoming

The first Americans arrived on the continent at or before 14,000 calendar years ago.  Yet archeological evidence shows that immediately they occupied nearly all areas of North and South America, including the high Rocky Mountains. This presentation is about Paleoindians of the Southern Rocky Mountains, their lifeways and the role they may have played in the peopling of the continents. 

Dr. Kornfeld was born in Zagreb, Croatia and spent his early years vacationing among Roman ruins of the Adriatic, stumbling among medieval castles or their ruins around Zagreb, and nearly fell into Veternica Cave soon after its discovery.  He says, "Perhaps this predisposed me to the past."

Dr. Kornfeld now pursues his research interests through a number of archeology projects investigating Paleoindian occupations and human adaptations to Plains, Foothills, and Mountainous areas of the western United States.  Specific sites and projects include:   Plains and Mountains Paleoindian Study--focusing on Hell Gap and Agate Basin sites, as well as the high mountain "parks" of Colorado; and Closed Site Archeology--focusing on human use of rock shelters--when, why, and how do humans use closed sites.  Recently, he has been planning joint projects and expeditions with colleagues from Russia and Argentina in the Russian Far East, Argentina, and Wyoming.

Taos Archaeological Society

PO Box 143

Taos, NM, 87571


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