"The Making of a Village: Growth and Change at Spruce Tree House"

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Date: May 18, 2016
Contact: Cristy Brown, 970-529-4608

On Friday, May 20, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Chapin Mesa Museum, Mesa Verde National Park will host a presentation by Donna Glowacki as part of the 2016 Four Corners Lecture Series.  Ms. Glowacki will discuss how Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling developed and changed during the 1200's A.D., a time of significant social and religious transformations, climatic hardship, and the widespread exodus of ancestral Pueblo people from the region.  This information is based on the results of a detailed, multi-year architectural documentation project conducted by Mesa Verde National Park archaeologists.

Donna Glowacki is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, a senior researcher on the Village Ecodynamics Project, and a long-time research associate with Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and Mesa Verde National Park.  She has conducted fieldwork at seventy-six of the largest sites in the Central Mesa Verde region.  Her research focuses on understanding social change, particularly the role of religious transformation and sociopolitical reorganization in regional depopulation and migration, as well as intraregional exchange, and ceramic and compositional analysis.  Her publications include two edited volumes and various book chapters and articles.  Her book, Living & Leaving: A Social History of Regional Depopulation in Thirteenth-century Mesa Verde, was recently published by the University of Arizona Press.

The Four Corners Lecture Series features presentations about the archaeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of this spectacular area.  All programs are free and open to the public.

The Four Corners Lecture Series is sponsored by the 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, Department of Anthropology and Center for Southwest Studies; Friends of Cedar Mesa; Colorado Archaeological Society, Hisatsinom Chapter; KSJD Dryland Community Radio; Mesa Verde Foundation; Mesa Verde Museum Association; Mesa Verde National Park; San Juan Basin Archaeological Society; and Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance.  For a list of other programs in the series, go to www.mesaverde.org/four-corners-lecture-series.


Last updated: May 18, 2016

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