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May
26
Thu
VIRTUAL LECTURE | Archaeological Research Potential of the Borax Lake Site: A Western Clovis Locality in California’s North Coast Ranges @ Zoom & Facebook Live
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VIRTUAL LECTURE | Archaeological Research Potential of the Borax Lake Site: A Western Clovis Locality in California’s North Coast Ranges @ Zoom & Facebook Live

presented Greg White, Ph.D., RPA, Principal Investigator, Sub-Terra Heritage Resource Investigations, TAC California Agent and SAA State/Provincial Education Coordinator for Northern California

The Borax Lake site was identified and first recognized by a private citizen in the late 1920s and first reported to scientists in 1935. Anthropologist, archaeologist, historian, WWI veteran, and Curator Emeritus of the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, M. R. Harrington, likened the finds to recent discoveries at Blackwater Draw Locality No. 1, and between 1936–1946 pursued six seasons of field work at the site. Harrington’s chatty and speculative reports were broadly rejected by U.C. scientists, but the finds were reappraised in 1967–1968 on the basis of seminal obsidian hydration studies by C. W. Meighan and geoarchaeological studies by C. V. Haynes. The new studies buttressed Harrington’s Clovis claim but found that the site produced a dense but tangled mix of Archaic and Clovis culture artifacts absent any evidence of stratigraphic differentiation, offering little more than a Clovis placemark. Several new surface collections and a re-reappraisal of site geomorphology offers evidence of horizontal and potential vertical stratigraphy. A recent regional synthesis offers new implications for chronology and culture history. 

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May
29
Sun
TOUR | San Juan River Trip @ San Juan River, Utah
May 29 – Jun 5 all-day
TOUR | San Juan River Trip @ San Juan River, Utah

Join our adventure in the heartland of the Anasazi world. From land and from the vantage point of Utah’s San Juan River, you’ll experience one of the most scenic regions of the Southwest.

We’ll begin our adventure with two full days of site visits on land, then we’ll board our boats and float down the San Juan River for four days, stopping often to visit Anasazi ruins accessible only by river.  At night we’ll camp under the inconceivable Southwestern sky.

Greg Woodall, a prominent Utah archaeologist, will be our guide.

Find out more here.

May
30
Mon
Southwest Seminars | Azteques, Cliff-Dwellers, Anasazi, Ancestral Pueblo…What’s in a Name? @ Hotel Santa Fe
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Santa Fe, NM | Southwest Seminars will be offering four new lectures in May to honor The Archaeological Conservancy. The series is being held at Hotel Santa Fe at 6 pm on Mondays. 

On May 30, Dr. Stephen H. Lekson will present “Azteques, Cliff-Dwellers, Anasazi, Ancestral Pueblo…What’s in a Name?.”  Click here for the full schedule and more details. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

✨ Prepayment and proof of vaccination are required to attend.  The cost is $75 for the series of four lectures. You can visit this page for more details or contact Southwest Seminars at (505) 466-2775 or southwestseminar@aol.com

Sep
3
Sat
TOUR | Highlights of the Northern Plains @ North Dakota
Sep 3 – Sep 8 all-day
TOUR | Highlights of the Northern Plains @ North Dakota

Beginning and ending in Bismarck, North Dakota, this tour will explore some of the unique and fascinating historic places of the Northern Plains. We’ll visit Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, which preserves the remains of five historic period Mandan/Hidatsa villages, including the “hometown” of Sacagawea, the guide for Lewis and Clark. We’ll also visit a number of prehistoric Native American sites including Double Ditch and Huff Indian Village State Historic Site, well preserved Plains Village Tradition communities, and the Knife River Quarries, one of the largest prehistoric quarry sites in North America.

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Sep
10
Sat
TOUR | The Archaeology of Ontario, Canada @ Ontario, Canada
Sep 10 – Sep 17 all-day
TOUR | The Archaeology of Ontario, Canada @ Ontario, Canada

Join us as we travel across the province of Ontario to explore the rich history and archaeology of this region of Canada. Ontario has a rich history that begins far earlier than 1867, when Canada became a county. On our journey we will meet with historians, archaeologists and native people at a variety of archaeological sites, museums, and interpretive centers. Some of the sites we will visit include Old Fort Erie, Fort George, the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons Mission site, Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Fort York, and the Royal Ontario Museum. This tour also includes an overnight stay in picturesque Niagara Falls.

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Sep
16
Fri
TOUR | Cliff Dwellers @ Arizona and Utah
Sep 16 – Sep 26 all-day
TOUR | Cliff Dwellers @ Arizona and Utah

They rank among the most amazing archaeological sites anywhere: walls and doorways, towers and kivas, all tucked neatly into sandstone cliffs. More than 700 years ago, the Anasazi and Sinagua cultures of the Four Corners region called these cliff dwellings home. Warm and dry during the winter, the secluded pueblos may also have protected villagers from attacking enemies.

Today, amidst the scenery of Arizona and Colorado, our tour presents the most famous of the region’s cliff dwellings, as well as modern-day pueblos and several Conservancy preserves. Archaeologists well-versed in the region’s prehistory will accompany the tour.

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Oct
17
Mon
TOUR | Native Peoples of Florida’s Mangrove Coast @ Florida
Oct 17 – Oct 24 all-day
TOUR | Native Peoples of Florida’s Mangrove Coast @ Florida

For over a thousand years the Calusa, Tocobaga, and Seminole dominated southern Florida. They developed complex civilizations, created breathtaking artwork, and constructed monumental earthworks. Time and again, they defeated those who attempted to subjugate them.

Our exciting journey will take us from the ancient mound center at Crystal River to the man-made island of Mound Key, the Calusa’s capital. Along the way, we’ll visit the key sites of Florida’s original inhabitants, explore the unique estuarine environment in which these people lived, and encounter a variety of wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, and alligators.

Joining us for the entire tour will be Dr. Jeffrey M. Mitchem, an expert in early Spanish and Native American contact in the Southeastern United States, as well as material culture, including beads and European weapons/armor. He recently retired from the Arkansas Archaeological Survey, is a board member of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education, and The Archaeological Conservancy.

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Oct
22
Sat
TOUR | Oaxaca, Mexico @ Oaxaca, Mexico
Oct 22 – Nov 2 all-day
TOUR | Oaxaca, Mexico @ Oaxaca, Mexico

For over a thousand years the Calusa, Tocobaga, and Seminole dominated southern Florida. They developed complex civilizations, created breathtaking artwork, and constructed monumental earthworks. Time and again, they defeated those who attempted to subjugate them.

Join us in Oaxaca, Mexico during one of the most unusual festivals anywhere – the Day of the Dead. On this day, people prepare home altars and cemeteries to welcome the dead, who are believed to return to enjoy the food and drink they indulged in during life. Not at all a morbid occasion, the town is filled with celebration.

Oaxaca lies in a semitropical valley surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Madre del Sur. The city’s architecture reflects its rich Spanish Colonial and modern history. Vast ruins of Ancient Mixtecan and Zapotecan civilizations lie just outside the city. Oaxacan archaeologist Dr. Jeffrey Blomster will accompany us on our trip.

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| The Archaeological Conservancy 2022