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Oct
15
Tue
2019
SAR In Depth: Rock Art of the Rio Grande Basin in Northern New Mexico @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
SAR In Depth: Rock Art of the Rio Grande Basin in Northern New Mexico @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States

The School for Advanced Research offers innovative and thought-provoking classes on a range of topics for SAR members and the general public. Courses often have opportunities to engage with rarely seen works in the IARC collection or take advantage of the unique resources the campus provides.

This course is being offered in conjunction with an SAR member field trip: Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa, Thursday September 26, 2019. Participation in the field trip is not required in order to take the course, but registered field trip attendees can receive an additional 15% discount on the course fee. For more information about the member field trip contact Amy Schiffer, schiffer@sarsf.org.


Rock Art of the Rio Grande Basin in Northern New Mexico

REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE HERE

Course Description:

Explore the history and evolution of rock art across the Rio Grande Basin with archaeologist, Richard Ford. This four-part course introduces participants to a wide range of rock art including Paleo-Indian, Early/Middle/Late Archaic, historic Pueblo, and the migratory Plains style. Learn how to identify rock art, record the works, and where to find nearby examples. This course is presented in four parts:

October 1: Cupules (their manufacture and meaning) with class demonstration
– Paleo-Indian rock art: what it means and where you find it
– Conventions and protocol for recording rock art

October 8: Archaic Rock Art
– The importance of shamanism and sacred shrines in the Archaic, the meaning of abstract art, and the Rowe Mesa rock art tour
– Early Archaic
– Middle Archaic
– Late Archaic and Transitional rock art

October 15: Ancestral Pueblo imagery: styles, meaning, and history

October 22: Historic Hispanic, Genízaro, and Catholic religious imagery
– Migratory Plains Indian rock art (Ute, Jicarilla Apache, and Comanche glyphs)
– Anglo-American images
– Where to find rock art in the greater Santa Fe area

Course Leader:

Richard I. Ford

Richard Ford, Arthur F. Thurnau Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, completed his BA in anthropology at Oberlin College and then his PhD in anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he rose to the rank of full professor of anthropology and botany. While at Michigan, he had administrative appointments as curator of ethnology and director of the Ethnobotanical Laboratory in the Museum of Anthropology, director of the Museum of Anthropology, chairman of the Department of Anthropology, and associate dean of research and computing in the Literary College.

Professor Ford’s ethnobotanical research took him to Poland, Tunisia, Kenya, Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, China, and several Midwestern and Southwestern states. Based on this travel, he published 135 articles and chapters and nine research monographs.

He received numerous awards from professional organizations including the Amal Amique Award in India, Distinguished Ethnobiologist from the Society of Ethnobiology, the Fryxell Award from the Society of American Archaeology, the Franz Boas Award from the American Anthropological Association, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as numerous local honors.

Now residing in Santa Fe, Ford is an active lecturer and archaeology tour guide. He also serves as an expert witness for several pueblos in their land and water cases.

Dates, Times, and Places:

Tuesday, October 1, 10 a.m. – Noon, Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday, October 8, 10 a.m. – Noon, Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday, October 15, 10 a.m. – Noon, Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday, October 22, 10 a.m. – Noon, Dobkin Boardroom

Cost: $175 for members; $225 for non-members; $150 for members registered for the September 26, 2019, member field trip.

This course is being offered in conjunction with an SAR member field trip: Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa, Thursday September 26, 2019. Participation in the field trip is not required in order to take the course, but registered field trip attendees can receive an additional 15% discount on the course fee. For more information about the member field trip contact Amy Schiffer, schiffer@sarsf.org.

REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE HERE

If you would like to become an SAR member and receive a discount to attend this class and other benefits, click here.

For more information about the class, contact Meredith Davidson davidson@sarsf.org or 505-954-7223.

Photo:Shield figure with four pointed star, Mesa Prieta. Photo by Curt Schaafsma

Oct
16
Wed
2019
On the Delhi Metro: Urban Landscape, Transport Infrastructure, and Social Mobility in a 21st-century Megacity @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Rashmi Sadana, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University and Weatherhead fellow at SAR

Rashmi Sadana, Weatherhead Fellow, SAR Resident Scholar

Rashmi Sadana, Weatherhead fellow, SAR

What happens when a hyper-modern, state-of-the-art metro rail system gets built on top of and underneath an ancient and modern Indian megacity? Delhi’s new metro system is not just a new way to get around but is also a new set of public places spread over two hundred miles of urban space. With eight lines and 250 stations, the metro has re-framed everyday life for millions and re-painted the urban landscape. Rashmi Sadana has spent the last ten years studying the social impact of the Delhi Metro and the contradictions of what it means to be a world-class city amid social progress and deep inequality. Using an ethnographic approach, Sadana analyzes how the Metro is a vehicle for class, caste, and gendered mobility from the perspective of planners, architects, politicians, officials, and commuters. This presentation reveals the politics of urban development as Delhi-ites step onto the trains and into a new social reality.

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place in the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom on the SAR campus. Advanced registration is encouraged.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE

Creative Thought Forum Lecture: Superminds, The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together @ Santa Fe Convention Center
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

REGISTER FOR THE LECTURE HERE


SAR’s third annual Creative Thought Forum series invites members and the public to explore our understanding of where humanity is going in a new age of technological and cultural shifts under the thematic umbrella of “The Future of Work,” through lectures and conversation-style salons.


The series begins on October 16, 2019, with Thomas Malone, the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. In 2004 Malone summarized two decades of research in his critically acclaimed book The Future of Work. His newest book, Superminds, appeared in May 2018 and presents new insights into the power of collective intelligence and collaborative working in a world of quickly changing new technologies.

This series-kickoff lecture is presented at the Santa Fe Convention Center and in partnership with Innovate+Educate as part of the annual CLOSE IT Summit, a global gathering of innovators in education and technology.

REGISTER FOR THE LECTURE HERE

LEARN MORE ABOUT CLOSE IT HERE

If you would like to become an SAR member and receive free admission to this lecture and other benefits, click here.

SAR SALON // Thursday, October 17, 2019 // Salons are offered on the morning following each Creative Thought Forum lecture. The salon is an opportunity for a conversation-style gathering with the speaker for a deeper exploration of the lecture topics. Participation in the salons is limited to 25 people and is a free member benefit; advanced registration is required with priority given to Chaco level members and above. For more information or to register for the salon call 505-954-7231.

Learn more about SAR’s Creative Thought Forum here.

This lecture is sponsored by Descartes Labs, Dan Merians UBS Financial Services, First National 1870, Santa Fe Dining, and KUNM 89.9 FM.

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Oct
17
Thu
2019
Creative Thought Forum Salon: Superminds, The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Creative Thought Forum Salon: Superminds, The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States

The Thursday following the lecture, SAR hosts an informal salon discussion with Thomas Malone, the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. The salon is an opportunity for a conversation-style gathering with the speaker and provides a deeper exploration of the lecture topics. Participants will be sent a brief selection of readings prior to the event so that they can familiarize themselves with the speaker’s work.

Participation in the salons is limited to 25 people and is a free member benefit; advanced registration is required with priority given to Chaco-level members and above. For more information or to RSVP for the salon call 505-954-7231 or email archuleta@sarsf.org.

If you would like to become an SAR member and receive free admission to lectures and other benefits, click here.

Learn more about SAR’s Creative Thought Forum here.

Oct
18
Fri
2019
Walking Tours of SAR’s Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Walking Tours of SAR's Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States

Reservations for campus tours must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Explore the fascinating history, stunning architecture, and beautiful outdoor gardens of the School for Advanced Research. Originally the 1920s home of Amelia Elizabeth White and Martha Root White, the property was bequeathed to SAR in 1972. The 8-acre estate, formerly known as “El Delirio” (The Madness), is the campus for SAR, a research center for anthropology, archaeology, and other social sciences as well as the home to the Indian Arts Research Center.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes so you can fully appreciate the beauty of the campus and its graveled and flagstone walkways.

Tours may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling in case of inclement weather.

Wednesdays at 10 AM from June through September
Fridays at 10 AM year round
Cost $15, free to SAR members
Reservations required availability subject to change
Call (505) 954-7213

Private tours may be arranged for groups of eight people or more at a cost of $20 per person. Please contact the Reception Center at least two weeks in advance of your preferred tour date.

Download the SAR Walking History Tour Map (PDF, 2 MB).

Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works that span from the sixth century to the present. Contemporary artists represented in the collection include Lucy Lewis (Acoma Pueblo), Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara Pueblo), Maria and Julian Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo), Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Lonnie Vigil (Nambe Pueblo), and many others. Docent-led tours of the open-storage vaults give visitors an up-close and unique look into one of the world’s finest Native American art collections.

Cost: $15; Free to SAR members and Native Americans
Reservations required (availability subject to change)
Call (505) 954-7205

 

 


Private tours may be arranged for groups of eight people or more at a cost of $20 per person. Please contact IARC at least two weeks in advance of your preferred tour date.

School groups are eligible for a fee waiver. IARC staff will work with educators to develop a private visit tailored to your class. Please contact the IARC for details at 505.954.7205 or iarc@sarsf.org.

Native American groups are eligible for special programming. Click here to find out more.


Oct
22
Tue
2019
SAR In Depth: Rock Art of the Rio Grande Basin in Northern New Mexico @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
SAR In Depth: Rock Art of the Rio Grande Basin in Northern New Mexico @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States

The School for Advanced Research offers innovative and thought-provoking classes on a range of topics for SAR members and the general public. Courses often have opportunities to engage with rarely seen works in the IARC collection or take advantage of the unique resources the campus provides.

This course is being offered in conjunction with an SAR member field trip: Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa, Thursday September 26, 2019. Participation in the field trip is not required in order to take the course, but registered field trip attendees can receive an additional 15% discount on the course fee. For more information about the member field trip contact Amy Schiffer, schiffer@sarsf.org.


Rock Art of the Rio Grande Basin in Northern New Mexico

REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE HERE

Course Description:

Explore the history and evolution of rock art across the Rio Grande Basin with archaeologist, Richard Ford. This four-part course introduces participants to a wide range of rock art including Paleo-Indian, Early/Middle/Late Archaic, historic Pueblo, and the migratory Plains style. Learn how to identify rock art, record the works, and where to find nearby examples. This course is presented in four parts:

October 1: Cupules (their manufacture and meaning) with class demonstration
– Paleo-Indian rock art: what it means and where you find it
– Conventions and protocol for recording rock art

October 8: Archaic Rock Art
– The importance of shamanism and sacred shrines in the Archaic, the meaning of abstract art, and the Rowe Mesa rock art tour
– Early Archaic
– Middle Archaic
– Late Archaic and Transitional rock art

October 15: Ancestral Pueblo imagery: styles, meaning, and history

October 22: Historic Hispanic, Genízaro, and Catholic religious imagery
– Migratory Plains Indian rock art (Ute, Jicarilla Apache, and Comanche glyphs)
– Anglo-American images
– Where to find rock art in the greater Santa Fe area

Course Leader:

Richard I. Ford

Richard Ford, Arthur F. Thurnau Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, completed his BA in anthropology at Oberlin College and then his PhD in anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he rose to the rank of full professor of anthropology and botany. While at Michigan, he had administrative appointments as curator of ethnology and director of the Ethnobotanical Laboratory in the Museum of Anthropology, director of the Museum of Anthropology, chairman of the Department of Anthropology, and associate dean of research and computing in the Literary College.

Professor Ford’s ethnobotanical research took him to Poland, Tunisia, Kenya, Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, China, and several Midwestern and Southwestern states. Based on this travel, he published 135 articles and chapters and nine research monographs.

He received numerous awards from professional organizations including the Amal Amique Award in India, Distinguished Ethnobiologist from the Society of Ethnobiology, the Fryxell Award from the Society of American Archaeology, the Franz Boas Award from the American Anthropological Association, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as numerous local honors.

Now residing in Santa Fe, Ford is an active lecturer and archaeology tour guide. He also serves as an expert witness for several pueblos in their land and water cases.

Dates, Times, and Places:

Tuesday, October 1, 10 a.m. – Noon, Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday, October 8, 10 a.m. – Noon, Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday, October 15, 10 a.m. – Noon, Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday, October 22, 10 a.m. – Noon, Dobkin Boardroom

Cost: $175 for members; $225 for non-members; $150 for members registered for the September 26, 2019, member field trip.

This course is being offered in conjunction with an SAR member field trip: Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa, Thursday September 26, 2019. Participation in the field trip is not required in order to take the course, but registered field trip attendees can receive an additional 15% discount on the course fee. For more information about the member field trip contact Amy Schiffer, schiffer@sarsf.org.

REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE HERE

If you would like to become an SAR member and receive a discount to attend this class and other benefits, click here.

For more information about the class, contact Meredith Davidson davidson@sarsf.org or 505-954-7223.

Photo:Shield figure with four pointed star, Mesa Prieta. Photo by Curt Schaafsma

Oct
23
Wed
2019
Chihuahuan Desert History @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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C.J. Alvarez, Assistant Professor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, University of Texas, Austin, and Mellon fellow at SAR

C.J. Alvarez, Mellon Fellow, SAR Resident Scholar

C.J. Alvarez, Mellon fellow, SAR

This talk offers preliminary answers to three big questions based on both archival research and oral histories: 1) What is desert history? The answer varies depending on whether you ask a scientist or humanist. Alvarez will outline a few ways he believes different disciplines can usefully speak to one another, and why environmental historians have often ignored arid lands. 2) What can we learn from desert dwellers? The dominant narratives about drylands have been produced by romantics, developers, and colonial governments, almost none of whom came from deserts themselves. To counter this, Alvarez will explain his commitment to writing biographies of desert people. 3) Where does the U.S.-Mexico border fit in? The international divide passes through the Chihuahuan Desert, but political borders have the effect of emphasizing difference. An environmental lens, Alvarez argues, reveals important but often obscured similarities between the United States and Mexico.

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place in the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom on the SAR campus. Advanced registration is encouraged.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE

Film: The Lost City of the Monkey God @ Voilet Crown Cinema
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film: The Lost City of the Monkey God @ Voilet Crown Cinema | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States

REGISTER FOR THE FILM HERE

$125 SAR members // $150 not-yet-members (all but $25 from each ticket is tax deductible) Proceeds support the advancement of knowledge and understanding of humanity through SAR’s scholar and artist programs.

In 2012 author and SAR advisory board member Douglas Preston joined filmmakers Steve Elkins and Bill Benenson, along with a team of U.S. and Honduran scientists, archaeologists, indigenous community members and military personnel, for a journey deep into the Honduran rain forest. Using LIDAR technology, the team discovered signs of a long-hidden precontact metropolis.

Be the first to see the film that brings to life the adventure told in Preston’s 2017 best-selling book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, and join us on the visually stunning and groundbreaking expedition following the team into the dense jungle as they confirm their discovery.

A conversation with the film’s creators will follow the screening. 

Watch the trailer here.


Next Day Speaker Salon // Thursday, October 24, 2019 // 10:00 a.m. // SAR’s Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom // SAR hosts the filmmakers and special guests for a deeper dive into the project’s history, trials, and triumphs. The salon provides participants with a better understanding of the project’s status today. Registration for the salon is separate from the film registration. Seating is limited and reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to register early. The salon is free for SAR members and $15 not-yet-members Tickets: sarsf.info/lostcitysalon


Oct
24
Thu
2019
Speaker Salon: The Lost City of the Monkey God @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker Salon: The Lost City of the Monkey God @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States

REGISTER FOR THE SALON HERE

The salon is free for SAR members and $15 not-yet-members.

Following The Lost City of the Monkey God film premiere at the Violet Crown, SAR hosts Douglas Preston and Steve Elkins along with special guests for a deeper dive into the project’s history, trials, and triumphs. The salon provides participants with a better understanding of the project’s status today.

Registration for the salon is separate from the film registration. If you are interested in the film, please see this calendar listing.

Seating for the salon is limited and reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to register early.

 

Oct
25
Fri
2019
Walking Tours of SAR’s Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Walking Tours of SAR's Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States

Reservations for campus tours must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Explore the fascinating history, stunning architecture, and beautiful outdoor gardens of the School for Advanced Research. Originally the 1920s home of Amelia Elizabeth White and Martha Root White, the property was bequeathed to SAR in 1972. The 8-acre estate, formerly known as “El Delirio” (The Madness), is the campus for SAR, a research center for anthropology, archaeology, and other social sciences as well as the home to the Indian Arts Research Center.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes so you can fully appreciate the beauty of the campus and its graveled and flagstone walkways.

Tours may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling in case of inclement weather.

Wednesdays at 10 AM from June through September
Fridays at 10 AM year round
Cost $15, free to SAR members
Reservations required availability subject to change
Call (505) 954-7213

Private tours may be arranged for groups of eight people or more at a cost of $20 per person. Please contact the Reception Center at least two weeks in advance of your preferred tour date.

Download the SAR Walking History Tour Map (PDF, 2 MB).

Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works that span from the sixth century to the present. Contemporary artists represented in the collection include Lucy Lewis (Acoma Pueblo), Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara Pueblo), Maria and Julian Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo), Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Lonnie Vigil (Nambe Pueblo), and many others. Docent-led tours of the open-storage vaults give visitors an up-close and unique look into one of the world’s finest Native American art collections.

Cost: $15; Free to SAR members and Native Americans
Reservations required (availability subject to change)
Call (505) 954-7205

 

 


Private tours may be arranged for groups of eight people or more at a cost of $20 per person. Please contact IARC at least two weeks in advance of your preferred tour date.

School groups are eligible for a fee waiver. IARC staff will work with educators to develop a private visit tailored to your class. Please contact the IARC for details at 505.954.7205 or iarc@sarsf.org.

Native American groups are eligible for special programming. Click here to find out more.


Nov
1
Fri
2019
Walking Tours of SAR’s Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Walking Tours of SAR's Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States

Reservations for campus tours must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Explore the fascinating history, stunning architecture, and beautiful outdoor gardens of the School for Advanced Research. Originally the 1920s home of Amelia Elizabeth White and Martha Root White, the property was bequeathed to SAR in 1972. The 8-acre estate, formerly known as “El Delirio” (The Madness), is the campus for SAR, a research center for anthropology, archaeology, and other social sciences as well as the home to the Indian Arts Research Center.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes so you can fully appreciate the beauty of the campus and its graveled and flagstone walkways.

Tours may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling in case of inclement weather.

Wednesdays at 10 AM from June through September
Fridays at 10 AM year round
Cost $15, free to SAR members
Reservations required availability subject to change
Call (505) 954-7213

Private tours may be arranged for groups of eight people or more at a cost of $20 per person. Please contact the Reception Center at least two weeks in advance of your preferred tour date.

Download the SAR Walking History Tour Map (PDF, 2 MB).

Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Nov 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works that span from the sixth century to the present. Contemporary artists represented in the collection include Lucy Lewis (Acoma Pueblo), Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara Pueblo), Maria and Julian Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo), Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Lonnie Vigil (Nambe Pueblo), and many others. Docent-led tours of the open-storage vaults give visitors an up-close and unique look into one of the world’s finest Native American art collections.

Cost: $15; Free to SAR members and Native Americans
Reservations required (availability subject to change)
Call (505) 954-7205

 

 


Private tours may be arranged for groups of eight people or more at a cost of $20 per person. Please contact IARC at least two weeks in advance of your preferred tour date.

School groups are eligible for a fee waiver. IARC staff will work with educators to develop a private visit tailored to your class. Please contact the IARC for details at 505.954.7205 or iarc@sarsf.org.

Native American groups are eligible for special programming. Click here to find out more.


Nov
5
Tue
2019
SAR In Depth: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Maya Civilization @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The School for Advanced Research offers innovative and thought-provoking classes on a range of topics for SAR members and the general public. Courses often have opportunities to engage with rarely seen works in the IARC collection or take advantage of the unique resources the campus provides.


An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Maya Civilization

REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE HERE

Course Description:

How are recent archaeological studies exploring Pre-Columbian Maya civilization shaping our current understanding of the culture and history? Join Dr. Jeremy Sabloff in a 4-part course exploring the evolution of the field of Maya studies. From new discoveries unlocked through Maya hieroglyphic texts to developments in understanding the settlement patterns of urban centers, Maya archaeology has shifted archaeological studies away from their concentration on the ruling elites to a broader, more realistic approach that looks at all classes and populations, as well as continuities in cultural development over 2 millennia.

This course is presented in four parts:

November 5: An overview of the history of research on the Pre-Columbian Maya and the changing foci of scholars over the past century;

November 7: An exploration of the development of ancient Maya civilization in the lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula, and the environment, both natural and cultural, within which it grew as well as a concentration on the Preclassic Period (from about 1,000 B.C. to A.D. 250) and the rise of complex societies in the Maya area and its first cities;

November 12: A look at the Classic (A.D. 250-800) and Terminal Classic (A.D. 800-1,000) Periods including the growth of Maya cities such as Tikal and Caracol, the great achievements in art and architecture, the decline of cities in the Southern Lowlands and the florescence in the north;

November 14: And, an exploration of the Postclassic Period (A.D. 1,000 to 1519) including the economic and political developments at cities such as Chichen Itza and Mayapan and the consequences of the 16th century Spanish Conquest.

Course Leader:

Jerry Sabloff

Jerry A. Sabloff

Jerry A. Sabloff

Jerry Sabloff received his Ph.D. In anthropology from Harvard University and his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania and an External Professor Emeritus and Past President of the Santa Fe Institute. He is an archaeologist with particular interest in the ancient Maya and has written or edited more than 20 books and monographs (including 4 SAR volumes).

Dates, Times, and Places:

Tuesday, November 5, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Dobkin Boardroom
Thursday, November 7, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday, November 12, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Dobkin Boardroom
Thursday November 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Dobkin Boardroom

Cost: $200 for members; $250 for non-members

REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE HERE

If you would like to become an SAR member and receive a discount to attend this class and other benefits, click here.

For more information about the class, contact Meredith Davidson davidson@sarsf.org or 505-954-7223.

Sabloff was recently interviewed about the importance of his work and shifts in the field by Knowable Magazine. Learn more and read the interview HERE.

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