Timothy R. Pauketat

2017, April 25–27
Short SeminarExploring the Religious Experiences of Ancient CitiesScholars’ understanding of religion has changed significantly in the last 15 years, becoming more relational, spiritual, and ontological—i.e., people live religion rather than “believe” it. The archaeology of cities has matured as well, with a wealth of new data on the diverse forms that fall under this rubric. For both of these reasons, the participants of this seminar believe that the time has come for a major rethinking of the causal relationships between early urbanism and religion.
Medieval MississippiansSAR Press PublicationMedieval MississippiansMedieval Mississippians, the eighth volume in the award-winning Popular Archaeology Series, introduces a key historical period in pre-Columbian eastern North America—the “Mississippian” era—via chapters on places, practices, and peoples written from Native American and non-Native perspectives on the past. 
2015, March 3–4
Chaco and Cahokia: Histories, Landscapes, and HinterlandsShort SeminarChaco and Cahokia: Histories, Landscapes, and HinterlandsThis seminar convened to evaluate the current state of research and theoretical issues for Chaco and Cahokia, their respective hinterlands, and to lay the groundwork for a truly continental archaeology by considering connections to Mesoamerica.
Big Histories, Human LivesSAR Press PublicationBig Histories, Human Lives: Tackling Problems of Scale in ArchaeologyThe contributors consider something archaeologists seldom think about: the intersection of micro-scale human experience with large-scale and long-term histories.
The Evolution of LeadershipSAR Press PublicationThe Evolution of Leadership: Transitions in Decision Making from Small-Scale to Middle-Range SocietiesThis book brings together the perspectives of cultural anthropologists and archaeologists to explore why and how leadership emerges and variously becomes institutionalized among disparate human societies.
2009, September 26–October 2
Toward a Global Human HistoryAdvanced SeminarToward a Global Human History: Agency and the Explanation of Long-Term ChangeWhy do there appear to have been long periods of little change early in human archaeological history? Can we square such explanations with those we use to explain, say, the state?
Timothy R. PauketatWeatherhead Resident ScholarAn Archaeology of the Cosmos
Memory WorkSAR Press PublicationMemory Work: Archaeologies of Material PracticesMemory making is a social practice that links people and things together across time and space and ultimately has material consequences. The intersection of matter and social practice becomes archaeologically visible through the deposits created during social activities. The contributors to this volume share a common goal to map out the different ways in which to study social memories in past societies programmatically and tangibly.
Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer ScholarDeconstructing Chiefdoms: Historicity and Mississippian Archaeology
2005, February 16–18
Short SeminarThe Archaeology of Ritual, Memory, and MaterialityThis seminar explored innovative methods brought to bear on “purposeful deposits” from activities that arrange or order objects in the archaeological record—for instance, weapons hoards in Europe, dedicatory offerings in Pueblo buildings, and votive deposits in Maya temples.
2003, May 4–7
Short SeminarChaco Synthesis

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