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March 17–19, 2014

Migration, Group Formation, and Economic Development in the Pueblo World

Co-chaired by Timothy A. Kohler, Regent’s Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University and Scott G. Ortman, Omidyar Fellow and Lightfoot Fellow, Santa Fe Institute and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

For the past decade, the Village Ecodynamics Project has been investigating coupled natural and human systems in the prehispanic U.S. Southwest through empirical archaeological research and agent-based modeling. The project team met at SAR to discuss how to best utilize these data to address research questions on migration, group formation, and co-evolution of institutions and economies.

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April 8–10, 2014

Ambiguity and Experimentation: A Collaborative Ethnography of the State

Co-chaired by Penelope Harvey, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Manchester, U.K. and Deborah Poole, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

This seminar convened a team of British, U.S., and Peruvian anthropologists who collectively carried out an ethnography of regional governance and state decentralization in Cusco, Peru.

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April 29–May 1, 2014

The Thailand Archaeometallurgy Project: A Holistic Approach to Characterizing Metallurgy’s Societal Impact in Prehistoric Southeast Asia

Co-chaired by Vincent Pigott, Consulting Scholar, Asian Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Judy Voelker, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy, Northern Kentucky University

The Thailand Archaeometallurgy Project’s (TAP) excavations of three prehistoric copper-production sites in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley were conducted from 1986–1994. This seminar assembled the multinational team for the first time in one place to discuss their recent synthesis of inter- and intra-site chronology and context and to determine what analyses remain to be completed.

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National Science FoundationGenerous funding for the Research Team Seminars provided by the National Science Foundation.