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June 30, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hosted online.
Amy Schiffer

Following this year’s annual Cordell Lecture, Chaco: Crafted Space, Remembered Place, SAR invites current members to take a deeper dive into the meaning of space and place in relation to Chaco Canyon during an informal Zoom conversation with speakers Catherine Cameron, Steve Lekson, and Ruth Van Dyke.

Chaco Canyon is remarkable and wonderous to the people who visit it each year, but what meaning did this place have to people 1,000 years ago? Perhaps most importantly, how did this remote and desolate canyon come to be meaningful to the Ancestral Pueblo people who created the massive structures and landscapes visible today?

Join Southwestern archaeologists Steve Lekson, Ruth Van Dyke, and Catherine Cameron as they interweave their perceptions about how Chaco came to be a place of profound meaning for the Ancestral Pueblo people, how Chacoan great house architecture materialized the canyon as a central place, and how, eventually, Chaco’s significance faded and the religious and political ideas that animated Chaco reemerged many miles to the north.

Free and open to SAR members only. Limited to 50 screens. RSVP to Amy Schiffer, schiffer@sarsf.org

This program is generously supported by the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation.