Crow Canyon Webinar: Dr. Barbara Mills, "How Connected Was the Chaco World?"


May 20 2021 - 4:00pm

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How Connected Was the Chaco World? A Social Network Perspective
Thursday May 20, 2021
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Free Online Webinar

This event is brought to you by the Four Corners Lecture Series, The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Chaco Canyon was at the center of what archaeologists refer to as the ‘Chaco World,’ which includes hundreds of great houses and great kivas across a vast landscape. Based on ceramic data collected as part of the Chaco Social Networks Project and using a social network approach, it is now possible to look at how the Chaco World was connected over its 300-year history in 50-year intervals. We will look at when Pueblo Bonito became central, the extent to which outlying great houses and great kivas were connected to each other and to Chaco Canyon, and the impact of the Aztec Complex’s ascendancy on the network. The results allow us to evaluate several scenarios for migration into and out of Chaco Canyon as well as how different ‘hubs’ of connectivity developed in surrounding areas. This relational approach provides a macro-scale picture of the historical trajectory of one of the most iconic areas of the Southwest.

The webinar is suitable for lifelong learners from high school students to adults.  The lesson is free.

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