Taos Archaeological Society

TAS Monthly Meeting/Lecture

  • 10 Feb 2009
  • 7:00 PM - 8:29 PM
  • Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos


Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 7PM


Subject:    Southwest Ceramics  

Speaker:     C. Dean Wilson - Director,  Pottery Analysis Laboratory, Office of Archaeological Studies

Location:  Kit Carson Electric -  118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos

Ceramic data is being used to examine trends relating to the sequence and nature of the prehistoric ceramic occupation of the Northern Rio Grande. One important issue currently being explored is the origin of Pueblo groups in the Northern Rio Grande, who are often assumed to have migrated from the San Juan region during the thirteenth century. Instead, ceramic evidence from various projects suggests a long, continual Puebloan population beginning by at least A.D. 900 that grew and expanded into other areas of the Northern Rio Grande during the thirteenth century.

Ceramic data is also being used to examine the nature of historic Spanish occupations in Northern New Mexico. Native ceramics were among the most
common artifacts in assemblages in the Palace of the Governors from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries.  Data indicates that most of the pottery at Spanish sites was produced by nearby Pueblo or Apache groups. Trends in the forms and style of Native pottery from historic sites are being used to examine changes in the relationship between Indian producers and Spanish consumers.

Join other TAS members and our speaker for dinner prior to the meeting at Graham's Grille, at 5:00 PM.  Please RSVP to Dorothy Wells if you're able 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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