Monthly Meeting


Lewis Borck

7:30 PM, Tuesday, June 15, 2021

via Zoom at your Computer or Smart Phone


In the years from 700 to 1400, the Greater American Southwest was an explosive laboratory of social, cultural, and political ideas. As people grappled with how power was controlled and distributed, new notions about community grew from the struggles. It is within such complicated times that revolutions often occur and are almost as frequently lost to the ash heap of history. This talk will discuss the Gallina culture (AD 1100 – 1300) of the North American Southwest to understand how groups resisted the increasingly hierarchical religious and political situations arising in the northern Southwest. Fifteen years of research in the Gallina region of New Mexico, including a current field school, are used as a case study to contextualize these ideas.

Lewis Borck is an assistant professor at New Mexico Highlands University, a founding member of the Black Trowel Collective, and a founder of the non-profit The History Underground. He has worked at the Missouri University Research Reactor in the archaeometry group, as an Assistant Professor at the Universiteit Leiden, at the research and outreach nonprofit Archaeology Southwest, and at the University of Arizona. He is particularly interested in how social movements and contentious politics shape society. He also studies how modern “common sense” norms and worldviews inform the histories and archaeologies we construct, often recreating the histories and ideals of the “West” in the deep past. Lewis is interested in combining theories on decentralized social organization with archaeological, historical, and anthropological theories of historical change to create data-centered reinterpretations of periods often written off or ignored by scholars.

A day or so prior to the meeting, an email message will be sent to members with the link for the Zoom meeting. If you haven’t joined us before – or even if you have – plan to join the meeting 10–15 minutes before the 7:30 start time to get familiar with Zoom (some procedures may have changed or differ from other Zoom productions) and say “Hi” to friends already in the meeting. All the participants except the speakers will be muted by host Evan Kay when the presentations begin and until the question-and-answer session following the program.


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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