The Archaeology of the Pueblo Revolt and Spanish Reconquest at Tunyo, San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico

Joseph Aguilar, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, and Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

The first systematic investigations at the mesa-top refuge community of Tunyo at San Ildefonso Pueblo offer new insights into the pivotal post-revolt period of pueblo history, where in 1694 nine Tewa villages led a successful defense against the reconquest efforts of Don Diego de Vargas. This presentation presents results from archaeological examination of material culture, ethnohistoric and Spanish colonial documents, and oral histories, all of which add new and essential dimensions to our understanding of pueblo social dynamics and the militaristic and defensive strategies employed by the Tewa during the period. More importantly, collaboration with San Ildefonso Pueblo and the project’s innovative methodological and theoretical approaches foster improved relationships between pueblo people and archaeologists serving to benefit their mutual interests.
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