February Meeting


Speaker: Bradley Vierra

When: 7:30 PM, Tuesday February 21, 2017

Where: Albuquerque Museum of Art and History2000 Mountain Road NW

Bradley Vierra will discuss new research into understanding the transition from foragers to farmers in the American Southwest. This will include a discussion of the initial use and spread of maize cultivation across the region and the nature of early agricultural villages. The talk will then focus on the northern Rio Grande valley as a specific example illustrating the details of how this process might have worked in this area of the Southwest.

Dr. Vierra earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1992; he has been working as a professional in the field of archaeology since 1975, overseeing projects across the southwestern states for various federal, state, and local agencies. His research interests involve studies of foraging societies, foraging technology, stone-tool technology, postglacial hunter-gatherer archaeology, and the beginnings of food production in the U.S. and European Southwest. This has involved working with Paleoindian and Archaic materials in the southwestern United States, and Upper Paleolithic, Epipaleolithic and Mesolithic materials in southwest Europe.

Dr. Vierra has published numerous articles and edited several books that reflect his interest in foraging societies and the transition to agriculture. Currently in press and due out this fall from University of Utah Press is his edited volume The Archaic Southwest: Foragers in an Arid Land. Also upcoming is “The Southwest Archaic,” a chapter co-authored with Maxine E. McBrinn in The Oxford Handbook of Southwestern Archaeology. Past publications edited by Vierra include Mountain and Valley Understanding Past Land Use in the Northern Rio Grande Valley (2013); From the Pleistocene to the Holocene: Human Organization and Cultural Transformations in Prehistoric North America, co-edited with C. Britt, Bousman (2012); and The Late Archaic Across the Borderlands: Foraging to Farming (2005).

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