Barbara J. Mills

Cotsen Summer Scholar


A Tale of Two Projects: The Oxford Handbook of the Southwest and the Chaco World Database

Barbara J. MillsBarbara J. Mills2014 Cotsen Summer Scholar. Photograph by William Geoghegan.Barbara J. Mills2014 Cotsen Summer Scholar. Photograph by William Geoghegan.

Dr. Mills will use this fellowship to advance two major projects. The first is as senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the American Southwest (co-edited with Dr. Severin Fowles). The goal of this project is to provide an up-to-date summary of Southwest archaeology written by practitioners working across the breadth of Southwest archaeology, its affiliated disciplines, and communities. The second project is to initiate phase II of the Southwest Social Networks Project, focusing on Chaco social networks. A social network perspective on the Chaco World will provide a new way of looking at relationships to array against spatial relationships. The popularity of the network metaphor in today’s society masks some extremely interesting ways of understanding how people related to each other in the past, which will only become evident through a massive amount of data collection and analysis.

Affiliation at time of award:
Professor, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson

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