The Path to the Present: An Archaeological Sketch of Multicultural New Mexico
Dr. Eric Blinman, Director, Office of Archaeological Studies
Archaeology is a means of constructing histories. Looking back in time, the history of northern New Mexico must account for a minimum of ten distinct Native American cultural groups at Spanish contact. Linguistic models also suggest that this diversity arises from at least five distinct proto-languages or cultures at and before the advent of pottery. Archaeological textbooks haven’t always done justice to the depth of this diversity, and streamlined archaeological models have contributed to an overly simplified public perception of modern Native America. Eric’s illustrated lecture will be a sprint through the past 2000 years of northern New Mexico history, laying the groundwork for a more accurate perception of the richness of Native American culture today.
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