Two upcoming TAS Brown Bag Talks - mark your calendars: Aug 11th & Aug 29th.
Individual reminders will be sent just prior to each talk.
Friday August 11 at 12 noon. BLM office Taos
I have just finished the first year of my master’s program at New Mexico State University. I am focusing on isotope analysis on deer bones from the Yucatan Peninsula with Dr. Rani Alexander. I am investigating environmental depression, deer domestication, and hierarchy at the time of the Maya collapse.
This summer I am working my fourth season at Chan Chich Belize with the Chan Chich Archaeological Project. This is a long-term occupancy site right on the border of Belize and Guatemala. I will be presenting the history of Chan Chich, and findings from the last four years along with what that means for the site. My focus this year is chronology of the Upper Plaza. The Upper Place houses elite structures, along with the largest building in the site. This is the location of a known king’s burial found in 1997, along with other high quality artifacts. This is a beautiful Classic Maya site with a rich history to be explored.
Albert Gonzalez. Tuesday August 29 at 12 noon BLM office Taos
Albert Gonzalez is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Environmental Studies at California State University, East Bay. Dr. Gonzalez holds MA degrees in history and anthropology, and earned his PhD in anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is an historical archaeologist specializing in the nineteenth-century American West and an expert in the excavation and interpretation of Spanish Colonial and Mexican-Era sites. Dr. Gonzalez has participated in community-based, collaborative archaeology projects for ten years, primarily in Taos, New Mexico, but also in Connecticut, California, and South Florida. His current work focuses on the material culture of Latinxs in the United States.
The topic for Albert's Brown Bag on the 29th of Aug.
"From the ruin of a nineteenth-century Southwestern whiskey distillery to the recent proliferation in Florida of cartel-associated Mexican folk saint imagery, the material cultures of American Latinxs are as colorful as they are poorly understood. This talk navigates the rich
multiplicity of those material narratives, weaving a synthesis of archaeological and material culture studies focused on Latinxs in the United States, past and present."