T-DOORS, TRI-WALLS, AND SUB-FLOORS: CLUNKY EVIDENCE IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA
Stephen H. Lekson
7:30 PM, Tuesday, November 17, 2020
via Zoom at your Computer or Smart Phone
In Southwestern archaeology, pottery has always held pride-of-place for both quantity and quality of archaeological data. Pottery defines the basic “culture areas,” and changes in pottery track much of the history we infer for those regions. Other, larger, clunkier evidence is worth a look: architecture, for example. Various “types” of buildings – as valid as “types” of pottery – are sometimes distributed across ceramic boundaries, and they seem to tell different stories. This talk will look at several patterns of larger evidence, including the iconic Tshaped doors of Mesa Verde (or of Chaco? or of the Sierra Madre?). Comparing and contrasting pottery data – increasingly, “Big Data” – with other larger evidence reveals new patterns in prehistory that either pottery or buildings alone might miss.
Stephen Lekson was Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado-Boulder (CU). He received his PhD from the University of New Mexico in 1988 and held research, curatorial, or administrative positions with the University of Tennessee, Eastern New Mexico University, National Park Service, Arizona State Museum, Museum of New Mexico, and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Lekson directed more than 20 archaeological projects throughout the Southwest. He was Editor of the journal Kiva (2006-2011) and continues as Contributing Editor for Archaeology magazine (2003-present). Lekson’s publications include a dozen books, chapters in many edited volumes, and articles in journals and magazines. His most recent books are: A History of the Ancient Southwest (2009), Chaco Meridian (2015), and A Study of Southwestern Archaeology (2018). He curated a dozen exhibits, most recently “A History of the Ancient Southwest” (2014) at the CU Museum of Natural History. He retired in 2018.
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