Re-connecting the Past: Network Approaches to Regional Interaction in the Archaeology of the Late Prehispanic Southwest

Barbara J. Mills, Professor, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, and Cotsen Summer Scholar, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Barbara J. MillsBarbara J. Mills2014 Cotsen Summer Scholar. Photograph courtesy of Barbara J. Mills.Barbara J. Mills2014 Cotsen Summer Scholar. Photograph courtesy of Barbara J. Mills.

This presentation addresses how network analyses are being used by archaeologists in the Southwest to understand the dynamics of social interactions in the past. Data from the Southwest Social Networks Project are used to show how migration transformed social connections in the western Southwest from A.D. 1200-1500, and how network models and methods provide insights into this tumultuous period. The results of these analyses show who was more connected to whom and how new networks emerged as a result of multiple long- and short-distance migrations. These analyses provide a platform for extending research into still earlier periods and especially the Chaco World, from A.D. 800 to 1200.

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