AIA_New_logo_300February 18 2020 Lecture
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Dinner:                      5:30 PM

Our February Meeting is
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Old Pecos Trail Cafe

Meeting                    7:00 PM
Lecture                     7:15 PM
Local Speaker:
Cyler Conrad
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ct:”New Insights and Lingering Questions on the Relationship between Humans and Turkeys in the  Prehispanic American Southwest/Mexican Northwest

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New Insights and Lingering Questions on the Relationship between Humans and Turkeys in the  Prehispanic American Southwest/Mexican Northwest
Cyler Conrad, PhD.
Cultural Resource Technical Lead
Los Alamos National Laoratory

Ongoing research in the  American Southwest/Mexican Northwest indicates that there is a complex  relationship that existed between humans and birds, specifically with  turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo ssp.). Evidence from zooarchaeological, biochemical, genetic and  iconographic studies of turkeys all support the significant role of  these birds in the past, but each line of evidence tells a different,  and not always corroborating, story. This talk focuses on exploring prehispanic human-turkey interactions by focusing on case  studies from Chaco Canyon, the Pajarito Plateau and Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. New research from these areas suggests that by examining human-turkey  interaction using mixed-methods approaches it is possible to gain new insights into Ancestral Pueblo husbandry and management of turkeys through time.

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Dr.  Cyler Conrad is an archaeologist and the Archaeology Technical Lead at Los Alamos. His current research focuses on understanding Ancestral  Pueblo husbandry, management and domestication of turkeys in the  American Southwest/Mexican Northwest. Dr. Conrad has experience working  in Thailand, California, and New Mexico. He is the author or co-author  of over seventeen peer-reviewed papers and/or book chapters, and has  received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National  Geographic Society, among others. In his current position at LANL he  helps manage the nearly 2,000 archaeological sites present at the Lab  and ensures federal compliance with cultural resource laws and  regulations.

Doctor Conrad has a Ph.D. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of New Mexico. In 2015 he received his M.A  in  Anthropology (Archaeology) also from the University of New Mexico. In 2012 he received his B.A. in  Anthropology at the University of Washington.

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