Stephen Plog

2015, October 18–22
Puebloan Societies: New Perspectives Across the SubfieldsAdvanced SeminarPuebloan Societies: New Perspectives Across the SubfieldsThis seminar’s purpose was to address Puebloan social formations of the past and present from a variety of comparative perspectives using a four-field anthropological approach, and to reconnect the currently disjointed anthropological sub-fields, especially archaeology and ethnology, and to develop new perspectives on Puebloan social societies.
A Catalyst for IdeasSAR Press PublicationA Catalyst for Ideas: Anthropological Archaeology and the Legacy of Douglas W. SchwartzIn his thirty-four years as president of the School of American Research, Douglas W. Schwartz's far-reaching vision placed SAR on the intellectual edge of research about humans across the globe. Nowhere is this more evident than in his influence on the field of anthropological archaeology.
2005, June 12–13
Short SeminarCenter for Digital Archaeology III
2004, June 11–12
Short SeminarCenter for Digital Archaeology IIStephen Plog (University of Virginia) worked this year with SAR president Richard Leventhal on plans for an organization to support archaeologists who want to work extensively in the digital realm. The planning group for the proposed Center for Digital Archaeology met at SAR for short seminars in February and June.
2004, June 4–5
Short SeminarChaco Digital Initiative
2004, February 26–29
Short SeminarCenter for Digital Archaeology I
2003, July 22–25
Short SeminarChaco Digital Archives
Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar"Ritual and Society: The Cultural Dynamics of the Pueblo World"
2002, June 9–13
Short SeminarChaco Canyon: Building a Digital Research Archive
Weatherhead Resident ScholarRitual and Society: The Cultural Dynamics of the Pueblo World from AD 1000-1250
Themes in Southwest PrehistorySAR Press PublicationThemes in Southwest PrehistoryTwo dozen leading archaeologists isolate a number of themes that were central to the process of increasing complexity in prehistoric Southwestern society, including increased food production, a greater degree of sedentism, and a dramatically increasing population.
The Evolution of Political Systems, Book CoverSAR Press PublicationThe Evolution of Political Systems: Sociopolitics in Small-Scale Sedentary Societies

Throughout the world, the development of agriculture produced dramatic changes in human cultural systems. As people settled down in one locality, populations grew rapidly, patterns of subsistence were transformed, technology became more advanced, and the nature of social and political relations changed. People no longer interacted exclusively with kin, as they had in the past when organized in bands, and new forms of political relationships between groups were established. The emergence of these political systems was the first step in the evolution of the state. 

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