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Sarah James

February 2021

VIRTUAL - U2 Spy Plane Photos and Archaeology in the Middle East (Matson Lecture)

February 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Emily Hammer discussed how declassified military imagery from planes and satellites have played an important role in landscape and environmental archaeology. The identification of ancient sites, fortifications, road networks, and irrigation networks in modern satellite images, like those viewable in Google Earth, is limited by the degree to which these features have survived the destructive effects of development and intensive agriculture in the last several decades. Historic imagery sources, especially large imagery archives generated by the US during the…

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April 2021

VIRTUAL - Materiality for the Archaeological Enthusiast: Case Studies in Human-Thing Assemblages from Ancient Mesoamerica

April 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jeffrey S. Brzezinski, Ph.D. (University of Colorado Boulder) Recent developments in archaeological theory have demonstrated that the relationships between humans and things are far more complicated and instructive than previously thought. Of course, humans make things, but things also make us human. In this lecture, Dr. Brzezinski discusses the application of contemporary theories of material culture to a range of archaeological contexts from ancient Mesoamerica. By exploring the ways in which ritual paraphernalia, architecture, ancestors, deities, and even trash middens…

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May 2021

VIRTUAL - Accumulating Identities in “Trash”: Examining Depositional Patterns within Ancestral Pueblo Villages

May 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Samantha Fladd (University of Colorado Boulder, Museum of Natural History) While often overlooked as “trash,” the materials that accumulate in archaeological sites can signify intentional decisions demarcating relationships within a community and ties to architectural settings. In particular, the ways in which architectural spaces were prepared, altered, and decommissioned or closed through the placement of materials (objects and sediment) can reveal important cultural traditions and enduring relationships within and beyond the structures themselves. In this lecture, I discuss how…

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