Tale of Two Types: Mesa Verde Black-on-white, Socorro Black-on-white and Pueblo Migration Histories

OAS Brown Bag talk by Eric Blinman and C. Dean Wilson

May 8, 2018 12:00 pm
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01:00 pm
Archaeology, Friends of Archaeology

Pottery has long been used by archaeologists to trace interaction and migration. Mesa Verde Black-on-white has been a popular focus of attention, since it was made right up to the late thirteenth-century abandonment of the northern Four Corners region. Despite the common belief that Mesa Verde pottery documents the migration of people to the Rio Grande region, that assertion doesn’t hold up well when evidence is examined in detail. Neglected, however, is evidence supporting interaction and migration in the form of Socorro Black-on-white pottery. This underappreciated pottery provides a much stronger case for population interactions and movements in the late twelfth- through thirteenth-century periods.

The Brown Bag talk will take place at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology at 12:00 noon in the CNMA library. Seating is limited. Admission is free.

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.