Monthly Meeting

September 2019

ARCHAEOLOGY AT LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY: THE HISTORIC, CURRENT AND FUTURE DIRECTION OF THE COMPLIANCE-BASED PROGRAM

Cyler Conrad, PhD, RPA

Archaeology, Technical Lead, Los Alamos National Laboratory

7:30 PM, Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

2000 Mountain Road NW

This talk focuses on the historic, current, and future direction of the archaeological compliance and research program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Given the special cultural landscape and historic properties at LANL, and throughout the Pajarito Plateau, archaeological ‘compliance’ activities began here in earnest in 1948- 1949, less than five years after the establishment of the Laboratory and almost 20 years prior to the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966. This early archaeological salvage and compliance work, primarily conducted by Frederick C.V. Worman and Charlie R. Steen, helped shape the current archaeology program as it functions today, but was also heavily influenced by an earlier generation of work, including that of Edgar L. Hewett, Lucy L. Wilson, and Adolf Bandelier, and shaped more recent studies, including the Pajarito Archaeological Research Project and the Bandelier Archaeological Survey. As the compliance obligations and research objectives of LANL adapt and evolve to changing perceptions and regulations for archaeological work throughout North America, the program is poised to continue contributing to the archaeological discipline as a whole, while also meeting compliance regulations in adaptive ways. A look back in time, at the present, and at the future, helps highlight the shifting priorities and function of the archaeological program at LANL.

Dr. Cyler Conrad is an archaeologist and the Archaeology Technical Lead at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). His current research focuses on understanding Ancestral Pueblo husbandry, management and domestication of turkeys in the American Southwest/Mexican Northwest. Dr. Conrad has experience working in Thailand, California, and New Mexico. He is the author or co-author of seventeen peer-reviewed papers and/or book chapters, and has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society, among others. In his current position at LANL he provides technical guidance on the nearly 2,000 archaeological sites present at the Lab and ensures federal compliance with cultural resource laws and regulations.

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The Albuquerque Archaeological Society is an avocational group that advocates preserving archaeological and other cultural resources by informing members and the public about archaeological and ethnological subjects through our meetings, presentations, newsletter, other electronic media, field trips, volunteer efforts, field surveys, and studies. Membership is only $25 for an individual or family, and it’s free to students with a Student ID or current class schedule. Membership puts you on our mailing list for our monthly newsletter, and gives you access to our field trips, volunteering endeavors, and our seminars. However, our meetings are always free and open to the public, with a guest lecturer and refreshments, great conversation, and the chance to socialize with those who share an interest in archaeology, both professionals and avocational members. Come see what we’re all about! We’d love your company!

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