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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Dinner:                      5:30 PM

Our May Meeting is
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Old Pecos Trail Cafe

Meeting:                   7:15 PM
Lecture:                    7:30 PM

Local Speaker: Justin St. P. Walsh
Subject: “
To Boldly Go Where No Archaeologist Has Gone Before”: An Archaeological Investigation of a Human Habitation Site in Space

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“Life and Ritual at the Edge of the Lava:
The Las Ventanas Community”

Paul F. Reed
Archaeology Southwest

The Las Ventanas community lies about 110 km south of Pueblo Bonito, near the southern limits of Chacoan influence. Significantly, this great house community exhibits a well-developed ritual landscape that emerged over at least 100 years of occupation. The great house consists of a two-story structure with perhaps 80 total rooms and two kivas. Survey work in the lava to the west, southwest, and northwest has revealed numerous trails, cairns, bridges, and other features related to ritual and other activities. Surrounding pueblo sites comprise a community with at least 500 rooms. In this presentation, I’ll explore the dramatic ritual landscape of the Las Ventanas Community.


For the last two years, Reed has been working to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape from the effects of expanded oil-gas development associated with fracking in the Mancos Shale formation. Through a series of meetings and forums with public officials, Tribal leaders, various US Government agencies, and New Mexico’s Congressional delegation, Archaeology Southwest and its partners have focused on expanding protections to sites, traditional cultural places, and fragile landscapes in the greater San Juan Basin.

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