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Location: Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos

Date: Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 PM

Speaker: Jim Boone, UNM

Subject: We Have Always Lived in a Castle: A Deep History of House and Hearth

Houses are such a ubiquitous feature of our modern world that it is easy to forget how distinctive and central houses are to human life. Elaborate, monumental houses start to appear in the archaeological record almost as soon as people begin to settle down and form permanent settlements at the end of the last Ice Age. In this lecture, Jim will talk about how and why it is our houses that make us distinctively human, rather than our supposed superior intellect. He will trace the development of House and Hearth from Paleolithic times to the present, using examples from the Neolithic Near East and Europe, the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest.

Jim Boone grew up in the country outside College Station, Texas and spent a lot of time outdoors. He majored in English and Anthropology at UT Austin, and went to graduate school in Anthropology and Archaeology at Binghamton University in New York. Most of his archaeological field work has been in the late Roman and Medieval period of the western Mediterranean, including Morocco, Spain and Portugal. He has taught in the Anthropology Department at the University of New Mexico since 1987. He recently published a book on the Islamic period in Spain entitled Lost Civilization: the Contested Islamic past in Spain and Portugal (London: Duckworth).

Join other TAS members and our speaker for Dinner at 5 PM

Guadalajara Grill South, 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, across from Ace Hardware.

Arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, place your order at the front, and take your number to the back room.  

No reservations needed.


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