Mesa Verde Hosts Four Corners Lecture Series "Chaco Roads Less Traveled"

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Date: July 8, 2014
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

On Thursday, July 17, at 7:00 pm in the Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park will host another program in the annual Four Corners Lecture Series. The series features presentations about the archeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of this spectacular area. All programs are free and open to the public.

Many archeologists have examined Chaco and come away with different ideas. Some see Mesoamerican traders (or raiders), centralized redistribution systems, complex chiefdoms, city-states, ritual landscapes, or a destination for pilgrims.  Presenter John Ware will argue that the key to understanding eleventh century Chaco may lie in deciphering differences and similarities among the living descendants of Chaco: the historic Pueblo peoples of New Mexico and Arizona.

A fourth generation Arizonan, John Ware is an anthropologist and archeologist whose research and publications focus on the prehistory and ethnohistory of the northern Southwest, where he has worked for over 40 years.  His new book, Pueblo Social History, will be available for purchase at the lecture and the author will be signing copies. Ware earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of Colorado in 1983 and has taught anthropology at Southern Illinois University, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, and Colgate University. A former director of the Laboratory of Anthropology and founding director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, Ware has served as executive director of the Amerind Foundation in southern Arizona since 2001.

The Four Corners Lecture Series is sponsored by Anasazi Heritage Center; Aramark Parks and Destinations; Bureau of Land Management; Cortez Cultural Center; Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum; Fort Lewis College Office of the President, Dept. of Anthropology and Center of Southwest Studies; Hisatsinom Chapter Colorado Archaeological Society; KSJD Dryland Community Radio; Mesa Verde Foundation; Mesa Verde Museum Association; and Mesa Verde National Park.

For a list of other programs in the series, go to



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