Monthly Meeting


Matthew J. Barbour

7:30 PM, Tuesday March 20, 2018

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

2000 Mountain Road NW

Hunting has always played a pivotal role in Native American subsistence and culture. While much is made of the megafauna hunters of the Paleoindian Period, later agriculturalists created their own specialized hunting practices. Hunting strategies would take on an ever-increasing ceremonial role linked to specific seasonal activities during the Pueblo Period. The arrival of large European domesticated animals in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries reduced the need to hunt, but increased the pressure on wild game due to the introduction of the horse and commercial fur markets. The result was the extinction and endangerment of many native species across the American Southwest. This presentation explores the archaeology and history of hunting in New Mexico from the arrival of hunters and gatherers to the twenty-first century.

Matthew Barbour holds BA (2002) and MA (2010) degrees in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and has worked for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs since 2002. Currently, Mr. Barbour is the Regional Manager of Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. Throughout his sixteen-year career, he has published over 200 nonfiction articles and monographs. In 2012, and again in 2014, Mr. Barbour was awarded the City of Santa Fe Heritage Preservation Award for Excellence in Archaeology.


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. However, our meetings are always free and open to the public, so come see what we’re all about!


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