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CU Museum of Natural History

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March 2020

An Embarrassment of Riches: Tree-Ring Dating and the History of Archaeology in the American Southwest

March 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CU Museum of Natural History
Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309 United States

Tree-ring dating burst into Southwestern archaeology on June 22, 1929, when Andrew Ellicott Douglass of the University of Arizona and his colleagues discovered specimen HH-39, the piece of charcoal that “bridged the gap” in his tree-ring chronology and allowed him to date, for the first time in history, archaeological sites at Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and elsewhere. Over the last nine decades, tree-ring dating has been refined, expanded, and matured into a full-blown science in its own right, with near…

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May 2020

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

May 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CU Museum of Natural History
Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309 United States

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, Dr. Samantha Fladd of CU Boulder's Museum of Natural History and the Department of…

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