TAS Virtual Speaker Series
Taos Archaeological Society lectures are free and open to the general public. Lectures are held the second Tuesday of every month, September through May (except December), at 7:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome!
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, TAS lectures will be held virtually. Presentations will be recorded and posted below.
TAS will ask the permission of the speaker. In some cases, the speaker may not want the presentation recorded, and we will honor their decision.
How to Participate:
Please join us a little early at 5:25 pm to be sure you don't miss a thing!
- Copy the Zoom ID: 545 842 9500
- Click this link (which will open Zoom
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Upcoming TAS Virtual Lecture:
April 13th, 2021 at 5:30 pm (MST)
The food the Ancient Chaco People Ate:
What the Archeological Record Does and Does Not Tell Us
by Karen Clary
In 1978, Karen Clary co-founded the Castetter Laboratory for Ethnobotanical Studies at UNM with Mollie Struever Toll and Anne Calvert Cully. The lab undertook ethnobotanical analyses of plant remains from archeological sites all over New Mexico, mostly for the OCA at UNM and the Lab of Anthropology in Santa Fe. In 1988, Karen moved to Texas and got a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas where she studied taxonomy and biogeography of the Yucca species, which, by the way, are only native to the new world. She spent the rest of her career working on plant and natural resource conservation and retired in 2017 from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, as Director of the Plant Conservation Program. She now volunteers as a lecturer for a variety of plant classes at the Wildflower Center, including general taxonomy, ethnobotany and economic botany. This year she also joined the IUCN species Red List Team to assess extinction threats for Yucca species.
Clary will discuss how archeobotanists get plant remains from dirt at archeological sites and the ethnobotanical record we mine to connect plant remains found in sites to ancient lifeways, among other things, with a focus on the San Juan Basin.
March 9th, 2021 at 5:30 pm (MST)
Ongoing Investigations at the BaahKu Archaeological Site
by Dr. Catrina Banks Whitley
Join us as Dr. Whitley discusses recent excavations of the Baaku site, here in Taos County!
Occupation of the Taos Valley was one of the latest areas inhabited by Ancestral Puebloans and is interpreted as a frontier area. Recent excavations at the BaahKu archaeological site provide an example of an architectural construction unique to the Taos Valley along with unusual abandonment processes. This research presents a comparison between two pit houses in close proximity to each other, to highlight the differences present in the Valley providing evidence for the frontier hypothesis. We will also present a greater geographic architectural analysis for the Taos Valley through time.
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February 9, 2021
Unraveling the Long Road to the Maize Diet in the Neotropics of Mesoamerica
by Dr. Keith Prufer
Pollen and starch grain evidence indicates that domesticated maize (Zea mays subspecies mays) first appears in the Balsas region of Mexico by ~9,000 years ago, but few data exist on when corn became an integral part of the human diet in Mesoamerica. In this talk I present new data for a transect spanning 9,500-1,200 years ago of stable isotopes of carbon showing the adoption of maize was gradual, later than might be expected, and resulted in a maize dependent diet in the neotropics by 4000 B.P.
Dr. Keith M Prufer is a Professor of Anthropology and director of the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory at the University of New Mexico. For 25 years he has conducted excavations in the Maya Lowlands focusing on human-environmental relationships. His newest project is investigating the Paleoindian and Archaic origins of humans in the neotropics through studies of diet, technology, and genomics.
January 12, 2021
Mimbres and Paquimé
by Dr. Steve Lekson
Two Part Presentation
December 8, 2020
Fascinating Finds: Seven Bizarre and Extraordinarily Informative Artifacts Found Behind the Palace of the Governors
by Matt Barbour
November 10, 2020
William Henry Jackson: Pioneer Photographer, Freehand Artist
by Bob Blair
Looking at Jackson’s 99 year life span with an emphasis on his Southwestern archaeological work and the relevance of his life’s work today.
Social Groups at the Basketmaker-Pueblo Transition:
Interpretations from the Procession Panel