Resistant Foragers: Foraging and Maize Cultivation in the Northern Rio Grande
Maxine McBrinn, Curator of Archaeology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
In much of the Southwest, people are thought to have been significantly invested in farming by CE 200 and earlier. However, there are areas within the region, such as the Jornada Mogollon and the Northern Rio Grande, where populations continued higher levels of mobility until much later. In the Northern Rio Grande, surface houses do not appear in the archaeological record until CE 800 or later. McBrinn will explore the hypothesis that game and potentially abundant piñon, sources of fat and protein, encouraged people to remain mobile. This presentation is based on a paper that is co-authored with Bradley Vierra.