San Juan Basin
Archaeological Society

Chapter of the Colorado
Archaeological Society
Lewis Mill

The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society... exploring, learning about, and preserving
archaeological, cultural, and historical resources in the Four Corners region since 1979.


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Next SJBAS Meeting

Wednesday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m.

 Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College

The next SJBAS meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 10th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a short business meeting, Dr. Steve Lekson will present: "Chaco: North and South." A social before the meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the CSWS foyer.

This talk will summarize Chaco, and then contrast the situation in the north half of Chaco’s region to the less well-known situation in the south. There has been considerable research in the north half of Chaco's region -- Chimney Rock, Aztec Ruin, Salmon Ruin, Lowry Ruin, Bluff Great House and others -- but much less in the southern half. The northern boundary is well defined; the southern, much less so.  Chaco Great Houses are found far south in New Mexico, and Chaco-like features at sites almost to the Mexican border.

In addition, on Thursday, May 11th, at noon in the Lyceum, Dr. Lekson will present: "The Mimbres:  Dimples, Slip-Slop and Clapboard: What They Are and What They Mean.” This lecture is free and open to the public. 

This talk will focus on the 11th century Mimbres’ black-on-white pottery, famous for its images of animals, people, and mythical scenes. Its construction is also of great interest. Dimples, slip-slop and clapboard all refer to aspects of Mimbres pottery-making that are strong clues about what happened in prehistory, and who and what the Mimbres are.

Stephen H. Lekson is Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his PhD from the University of New Mexico. /font> Dr. Lekson is prominent throughout the archeological and academic world for his innovative and thought-provoking research in the U.S. Southwest. He has predominantly conducted fieldwork in Ancestral Puebloan and Mogollon regions. He has also investigated areas including the Hohokam, Casas Grandes, Jornada, and Rio Grande areas. Lekson is the author of numerous publications and books; most well-known include "The Chaco Meridian: Centers of Political Power in the Ancient Southwest" and "A History of the Ancient Southwest."


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