Taos Archaeological Society

TAS Monthly Meeting/Lecture

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



Date:              Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Location:       Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Board Rood

Title:               Megafaunal Depictions in the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition Paleoart of North America


Speaker:         Ekkehart Malotki, Emeritus Professor of Languages at Northern Arizona University.

Other Actions:  

  • Discussion and Vote of TAS Revised Bylaws - Available for viewing on the web.
  • October meeting minutes are also available for viewing.

Considering that currently employed dating techniques for petroglyphs do not meet the scientific expectations of contemporary rock art research, the search for Pleistocene-Holocene Transition (PHT) paleoart in

North Americamust rely essentially on circumstantial evidence. Definitive attribution of art to the PHT era could be made, however, on the basis of image contentundefined that is, the depiction of extinct megafauna, most notably mammoth or mastodon, the icons of the Ice Age. In light of an array of mostly unverified, suspect, and downright fraudulent claims for the occurrence of such megafaunal mammals in North American iconography, the discovery of two bona fide Columbian mammoth portrayals in the San Juan River corridor of southeastern Utah, can be seen as a truly sensational piece of pictorial proof for the co-existence of Paleoamericans with Ice Age megafauna on the Colorado Plateau. Evidence is presented supporting the authenticity of the proboscids and their most likely dating to between 13,000 and 11,000 years B.P.  

Ekkehart Malotkiis professor emeritus of languages at Northern Arizona University . As an ethnolinguist, his work has focused on the preservation of Hopi language and culture. In addition to multiple bilingual publications on Hopi oral literature, he was the principal data contributor to the Hopi‑English Dictionary. In addition, he has published three award‑winning books of photographs and interpretations of petroglyphs and pictographs. His most recent publication, “The Rock Art of Arizona: Art for Life's Sake,” shows the influence of Ellen Dissanayake's pathbreaking views on the arts. Together with her and archaeologist Henry Wallace he is currently involved in collaborative research on the Pleistocene‑Holocene Transition rock art of the American West. Contact: http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/malotki.

Ekkehart will also have copies of his award-winning rock art books for sale:  "Stone Chisel and Yucca Brush: Colorado Plateau Rock Art" and "The Rock Art of Arizona: Art of Life's Sake".

Please Note:  We will be voting on the TAS Revised Bylaws at this meeting - you will find a copy for you review at www.TaosArch.org "About Us - Proposed Bylaws Changes".  This is the same version that's been up since early October, incorporating some changes based on member suggestions.  

Dinner Plans ?

Join other TAS members and our speaker at  The Trading Post, 4179 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos at 5:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Dorothy Wells by Saturday, 

November  4 at 5 p.m. if you plan to join us for dinner.

dorothy_wells@mac.com or 751-3265.


Taos Archaeological Society

PO Box 143

Taos, NM, 87571


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