What Ifs: Santa Fe and Southwestern Archaeology

Steve Lekson

Membership Lecture, James A. Little Theater

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for non-members

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For over a century, individuals and institutions of Santa Fe played decisive roles in the development of Southwestern archaeology – certainly for better but, in some ways, perhaps for worse. We trace the remarkable influences of Santa Fe’s archaeologists, museums, and world-views on the practice of Southwestern archaeology and on our perceptions of the ancient past. In this entertaining talk, archaeologist Stephen Lekson asks some “what ifs?” What if: Instead of Santa Fe, Southwestern archaeology centered in Tucson? Or developed out of Ciudad Chihuahua? Or if Southwestern archaeology identified as History, rather than as a laboratory of Anthropology?

Affiliation: University of Colorado, Boulder




Videography by José Cruzado.


Sponsored by:
La Fonda on the Plaza


Series Sponsors:
Adobo Catering
Betty and Luke Vortman Endowment Fund
Pajarito Scientific
Flora Crichton Lecture Fund
Thornburg Investment Management
Shiprock Santa Fe

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