Over the next three weeks, Crow Canyon will host the Four Corners Lecture Series, featuring three prominent professors and researchers who will highlight exciting topics in archaeology. All lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures will start at 7 pm and will be held in the Mesa Verde Room on the Crow Canyon campus (23390 Road K, Cortez, Colorado).
Our first featured speaker will visit Crow Canyon from Brigham Young University (BYU). Jim Allison’s lecture, titled “Coal Bed Village and the Archaeology of Montezuma Canyon, Utah,” will take place on Tuesday, July 23rd.
Montezuma Canyon is a major tributary of the San Juan River and is located near the western edge of the Central Mesa Verde region. Established in 1969, the Brigham Young field school is currently held at Coal Bed Village, one of the largest archaeological sites in the region. Dr. Allison will share information on the school’s findings while at Coal Bed Village.
Dr. Allison began his career more than 30 years ago at a field camp in Montezuma Canyon led by BYU, where he completed his undergraduate degree in archaeology. He later received his doctorate from Arizona State University. He is now BYU’s Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology.
The series will continue on Monday, July 29th, with a lecture led by Timothy Kohler, PhD. Dr. Kohler is a Regents Professor of Archaeology and Evolutionary Anthropology at Washington State University. He is also a principal investigator on the Crow Canyon SKOPE project, which aims to make interpreted paleoenvironmental data widely accessible. Earlier this year, Dr. Kohler was honored with a 2019 Presidential Recognition Award by the Society for American Archaeology.
In his presentation, “How are Wealth Disparities and Violence Connected in the Pre Columbian-History of the Central Mesa Verde Area?”, Dr. Kohler will talk about the datasets gathered about the history of the Mesa Verde region from AD 600-1200. In addition to other things, researchers studied whether three variables were related: levels of conflict, degree of household wealth inequality, and the amounts of maize that could be produced. They soon recognized these variables did not seem independent of each other and may be causally related. In his talk, Dr. Kohler will discuss the results of the team’s analysis.
Our final lecture, on Monday, August 12, will feature Kyle Bocinsky, PhD, current Director of the Research Institute, the William D. Lipe Chair in Research at Crow Canyon, and a researcher with the Montana Climate Office at the University of Montana. He is also a former Director of Sponsored Projects at Crow Canyon.
Dr. Bocinsky’s lecture, “Archaeological Perspective on Agrobiodiversity in the Context of Climate Change,” will discuss the latest Crow Canyon Research on how we can sustain contemporary agricultural systems through a better understanding of past agricultural history. Humans have always adapted to different farming methods when climates have changed. Dr. Bocinsky will describe how climate change conditions affect civilization throughout the years and how farming methods from the past will help us to deal with changes in the future.
We hope you can join us for The Four Corners Lecture Series and listen to these terrific speakers, researchers, and archaeologists, who are eager to share their knowledge with us.