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Land Use and Social History in the Southern Chuska Valley, New Mexico.

  • 12 Nov 2013
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos

Topic:      Land Use and Social History of the Southern Chuska Valley, NM

Speaker: Bradley J. Vierra, Ph.D., RPA 

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

When:       November 12, 2013, 7 PM

The southern Chuska Valley lies at the interface between the Chuska Mountains and the San Juan Basin.  The area is characterized by a rich and diverse archaeological record ranging from Archaic campsites to multi-storied masonry Great Houses.  This presentation explores the long-term pattern of land use and the social history reflected in a series of sites recently excavated in support of the New Mexico Department of Transportation's US 49+1 road widening project. 


Bradley J. Vierra

Dr. Vierra received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1992. He is currently a Principal Investigator with Statistical Research Inc. in Albuquerque. Over the past thirty years he has conducted pure and applied research in archaeology, most of which has been done in the American Southwest and northern Mexico. However, he has also worked in California, Washington, and Texas, as well as France, Portugal and Senegal. He is a current member of the New Mexico Archaeological Council executive committee, past president of the New Mexico Archaeological Council (2000-2001), past chair of the Cultural Resource Subcommittee, East Jemez Resource Council (2000-2001) and past member of the New Mexico State Land Office’s Archeological Advisory Board (2000-2002). His research interests include hunter-gatherer archeology, stone tool technology, origins of agriculture, Archaic in the American Southwest and Mesolithic in Southwest Europe. The University of Utah Press recently published his edited volume entitled From Mountaintop to Valley Bottom: Understanding Past Land Use in the Northern Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico.  He also recently co-edited a book with Dr. Bousman entitled From the Pleistocene to the Holocene: Human Organization and Cultural Transformations in Prehistoric North America from Texas A&M Press. 


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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