AIA_New_logo_300April 18, 2017 Lecture
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Old Pecos Trail Cafe
     2239 Old Pecos Trail

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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“Folsom People”
Bruce Huckell
University of New Mexico, Associate Professor of Anthropology (Archaeology)
Senior Research Coordinator, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Most hunter-gatherers rely on movement across the landscape to allow them to obtain resources, both biotic and abiotic.  In northern New Mexico, Folsom hunter-gatherers developed a lifeway that emphasized mobility some 10,500 years ago, quite possibly centered around bison hunting.  While we do not know all of the environmental and ecological factors that were critical to their decisions about where to go and when, we can gain some insight into the patterns of their movements by examining the lithic artifacts they left behind.  Short-term Folsom residential camps have long been known in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, but until the first two decades of the 21st century only one had been excavated.  We will examine four Folsom sites tonight, three in the Middle Rio Grande Valley and one in the Estancia Basin; three of them were excavated by UNM archaeologists between 2001 and 2011.  Each produced an assemblage of stone tools and waste flakes that can serve to trace prior movements of the group of people who left them at a particular site.  With knowledge of the locations of distinctive sources of stone, and assigning the archaeological artifacts to those known sources, we can trace patterns of human movement that encompass hundreds of kilometers.

Bruce Huckell

The Santa Fe Archaeological Society. PO Box 31603, Santa Fe, NM 87594

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