Energy Consumption and the Rise of Chacoan Society

Lecture by David Stuart, SAR Interim President and Senior Scholar

Event, James A. Little Theater

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 7:00–8:00 pm, Free


Dynamic changes in patterns of energy use and acquisition over nine centuries were required in order for Ancestral Puebloans to become Chacoans. Until Stuart and his students at the University of New Mexico created the multiyear “Finding the Calories” project, few scholars knew precisely how Puebloan farmers achieved many-fold increases in population growth, construction rates, and the expansion of regional trading networks to create the full-blown Chacoan society of the eleventh century CE. In this first public lecture on their complete findings, Stuart reports the basic elements of nine centuries of change and points out their relevance to contemporary American society.

Energy Consumption and the Rise of Chacoan Society is part of a series of public lectures that David Stuart will present on The Archaeology of New Mexico: Lessons on Land Use, Resources, and Cultural Institutions for Our Modern World.

David Stuart is an internationally recognized anthropologist and well-known author. His most cited books are Prehistoric New Mexico, Anasazi America, The Guaymas Chronicles, and the recently released Ancient People of the Pajarito Plateau.

Doorway in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco CanyonDoorway in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco CanyonPhotograph by and courtesy of Jason S. OrdazDavid E. StuartDavid E. StuartPhotograph by Jason S. Ordaz
Doorway in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco CanyonDavid E. Stuart
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