Upcoming Events

December 10, 2019

Pots, People, and Archaeology: Challenges of using Ceramic Data for Culture History Studies
OAS Brown Bag talk by Eric Blinman (Director of the Office of Archaeological Studies) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

January 14, 2020

Learning from Mistakes: Transforming a Family’s Sixth Century Catastrophe into a Modern Day Teaching Moment
OAS Brown Bag talk by Mollie Toll and Pam McBride, director and director emeritus of the OAS Archaeobotanical analysis lab, at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

Pots, People, and Archaeology: Challenges of using Ceramic Data for Culture History Studies

December 10, 2019


Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:00 noon, free!

Dr. Eric Blinman presents a lecture entitled Pots, People, and Archaeology: Challenges of using Ceramic Data for Culture History Studies.

Pottery has been a mainstay of Southwestern archaeology. Calibrated by tree-ring dates, temporal change in pottery is the most widely used dating tool, geographic occurrences have supported inferences of exchange and interaction, and ethnic differences and migrations have been argued from stylistic and technological similarity and difference. Principles of ceramic ecology underlie this potential, but imperfect appreciation of pottery as a system has led to some missteps in large scale interpretation.

The Brown Bag talk will take place at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology at 12:00 noon in the CNMA library. Seating is limited. Admission is free.

The Center for New Mexico Archaeology (7 Old Cochiti Road) is located off of Caja del Rio Road, across from Challenge New Mexico on the way to the Santa Fe Municipal Golf Course. Take 599 to South Meadows Road, continue through the traffic circle west along the Frontage Road to Caja del Rio Road. CNMA is on the left-hand side of the road and is the large building with white sail-like skylights on the roof.