Cooking Jar Technology in the Ancient Southwest

Brown Bag Talk

September 19, 2017 12:00 PM
01:00 PM
Archaeology, Friends of Archaeology

Despite nearly 4,000 years of ceramic technology in the Southwest, the common use of pottery for cooking only dates within the past 2,000 years. The history of innovation in cooking jar design is fairly sophisticated, starting with the simplest of forms and clay-temper combinations and ending with the use of micaceous clay for the ultimate bean pot. Dr. Eric Blinman (OAS’ director) will give a presentation on the technological developments that allowed ceramics to become the primary tool for cooking and food preparation in the prehistoric American Southwest.

The Center for New Mexico Archaeology (7 Old Cochiti Road) is located off of Caja del Rio Road, across from Challenge New Mexico on the way to the Santa Fe Municipal Golf Course. Take 599 to South Meadows Road, continue through the traffic circle west along the Frontage Road to Caja del Rio Road. CNMA is on the left-hand side of the road and is the large building with white sail-like skylights on the roof.