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CU Museum of Natural History

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Boulder, CO 80309 United States
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October 2019

Unearthed: Ancient Life in Boulder

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
CU Museum of Natural History
Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309 United States

The CU Museum of Natural History and the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) are teaming up for a rare cultural and educational adventure for the ages: Each educational excursion will start at the CU Museum for a tour of the Unearthed: Ancient Life in Boulder Valley exhibit featuring 83 rare stone tools, which were discovered in 2008 in the shadow of the Flatirons and are now known as the Mahaffy Cache. High tech scientific research tells…

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Digitizing Prehistory: Aegean Scripts in the 21st Century

October 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CU Museum of Natural History
Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309 United States

In this lecture, Dr. Nakassis presents part of his long-running research project on prehistoric Aegean scripts. The Mycenaean palaces of the Greek Late Bronze Age (ca. 1300-1100 B.C.) made use of a sophisticated writing system called Linear B, which they inscribed on clay tablets and sealings. These documents are crucial to our understanding of these complex societies and shed light on everything from economy to religion. Dr. Nakassis co-directs a new project to digitally document Linear B tablets using of…

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December 2019

Agricultural Adaptations in Light of Socioeconomic Changes in New Mexico

December 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CU Museum of Natural History
Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309 United States

This lecture will discuss how Pueblo people dealt with the Spanish introduction of wheat and livestock into the agricultural economy of early colonial New Mexico. Davis will share the results of research conducted on the agricultural areas around four pueblo sites. Analyzing the changes in the location, type, size, and density of the agricultural features, as well as the changes in crop growth revealed by the soil testing, enables a better understanding of Pueblo adaptations over time and the extent…

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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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