November is Native American History month. Check out some of these great lectures and symposiums that help reveal the ancient Native American civilizations that once existed throughout the Americas. Also check out the new book Mayan Calendar Prophecies: Predictions for 2012-2052 to learn more about the ancient Mayan civilization, their calendar and prophecies.
- “Ancient Astronomy of the Southwest“: November 19, 6:00 PM Dr. John L. Ninneman. Southwest Seminars Lecture, Dr. John L. Ninneman. Former Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and Former Professor of Biology, Ft. Lewis College, Durango, Colorado; Archaeoastronomer and Co-Author, (w/ J. McKim Malville) ‘ Using Photography to Test Hypotheses in Southwestern Archaeoastronomy’,Journal of Archaeoastronomy; Photographer, Canyon Spirits: Beauty and Power in the Ancestral Puebloan World, Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://www.southwestseminars.org/SWS/Mother_Earth_2012.html
- “Upward Sun River Site; Geoarchaeology and Human Land Use in Ice Age Alaska”: November 19, 7:30 PM. Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture. Joshua Reuther and Ben Potter. The Tanana River Valley region in interior Alaska has one of the longest archaeological records in North America dating back to 14,000 calendar years ago, at the end of the Ice Age. Several multi-component sites including Upward Sun River, Gerstle River, Mead, Broken Mammoth, Swan Point, and the Bachner Site, have provided well-preserved fauna, organic implements, lithic assemblages, and cultural features in secure stratified contexts. These and other sites are situated in windblown silts (loess) on bedrock bluffs, alluvial terraces, and sand dune deposits, providing avenues for exploring changes in human-environment interactions in the Subarctic. This presentation will primarily focus on the results of recent excavations and archaeological and geological research conducted at Upward Sun River. The Upward Sun River, or /Xaasaa Na’/ in Upper Tanana Athabascan, site is situated on a stabilized sand dune that is capped with over 2 meters of loess. Since 2007, we have identified four occupations in stratified contexts dating between 13,200 and 10,000 calendar years ago. The rapid deposition of sediments aided in the exceptional preservation of organic remains and integrity of the archaeological record. Most spectacular is the discovery of a young child, Xaasaa Cheege’ Ts’eniin’ (Upward Sun River Mouth Child), who was cremated within a residential structure. This represents the oldest Arctic/Subarctic human remains and residential structure, and one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. We report on our analyses of animal and floral remains from the site, and explore the nature of human land use patterns in the Tanana Basin. We integrate these results in the context of regional geoarchaeological investigations on the evolution of the middle Tanana River landscape, terminal Pleistocene and early Holocene environments (20,000-6,000 calendar years ago) and climate change, and prehistoric hunter-gatherer/environment interactions in the region. DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona. http://www.az-arch-and-hist.org/2011/03/joshua-d-reuther-the-upward-sun-…
- “Prehistoric Hunting Ritual and the Technology of the Hunt in Southeastern Colorado“: November 20, 7:00 PM. Colorado Archaeological Society; Pikes Peak Chapter Lecture. Mark Owens, Senior Archaeologist, Stell Environmental Enterprises. Traditionally, prehistoric hunting activities have been researched by analyzing artifacts such as scraping tools and projectile points or features such as game drive walls, cairn lines, and bone beds. These components are integral to deciphering past subsistence strategies. Yet, too often archaeologists miss the opportunity to integrate rock art images of hunting into the interpretation of the overall functional site. Instead, rock art tends to be examined independently of nearby archaeological artifacts and features. During a recent study of several rock art sites in southeastern Colorado, Mark Owens and his team made a concerted effort to consider rock art as part of the overall prehistoric landscape, particularly rock art imagery that appears to be related to hunting. Initial interpretations suggest that hunting magic was important at the human participant level, plus it brought power to the communal game drive system at a multi-site and regional level. Colorado Springs Fire Station #19 Community Room, 2490 Research Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://coloradospringsarchaeology.org/programs/programs.htm
- “New Discoveries in Pre-Columbian Archaeology in 2012 with Marta Barber”: November 21, 8:00 PM. Institute of Maya Studies Lecture. Though the most publicized event of 2012 is yet to happen, research and investigation in the Maya world and other Mesoamerican cultures didn’t stop. As a matter of fact, it’s been a busy year of extraordinary findings. Calendars and hieroglyphs; royal tombs and artifacts; food and colors all made headlines in 2012. We take a closer look at those findings that added to our knowledge of Pre-Columbian civilizations. The Institute of Maya Studies meets at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Avenue, across from Vizcaya; Maya Hotline: 305-279-8110. Subscribe to the full-color e-mailed version of our monthly IMS Explorer newsletter at: www.instituteofmayastudies.org
- Opening Celebration for”Ancient Skywatchers” Exhibit and Lecture on Archaeo-Astronomy : November 25, 1:00 PM. Anasazi Heritage Center. John Ninneman. The Ancestral Puebloan people had a sophisticated understanding of celestial events. Their buildings and rock art are aligned with the paths of the sun and moon to mark significant points of the Pueblo year. John Ninnemann— photographer, scientist, and Dean Emeritus at Fort Lewis College in Durango— captures light and shadow to reveal the importance of astronomy in the prehistoric Southwest. 27501 Highway 184, Dolores, Colorado. http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ahc/exhibits_and_events.html
Courtesy Mike Ruggeri.