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Archaeology Lecture with Chris Crews

Hunter-Gatherers of North-Central New Mexico

July 29, 2017 1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

This lecture will cover research into the hunter-gatherers who occupied the Piedra Lumbre Valley, Rio Arriba County. Three sites on Ghost Ranch property that have occupation spanning 6,500 BCE to historic times will be discussed and compared. Stone tools and animal remains tell about the hunting techniques used which differ by site. Botanical, charcoal, and pollen analyses provide evidence on the seasons and plants used. Hearth features show punctuated changes in who lived there and when.

These topics will be synthesized to paint a picture of what life would have been like for a hunter-gatherer in north-central New Mexico.