Benjamin Bellorado

About Benjamin Bellorado

Ben Bellorado (Archaeology). I was born and raised in Jackson, WY, but have been living in the Four Corners states for almost 15 years. I graduated in 2002 with a B.A. from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and in 2007 with his M.A. from Northern Arizona University. I have worked for several contract archaeology firms as well as research and education institutions before coming to the U of A. My primary research is focused on the ancestral Puebloan cultures of the northern Southwest, where I have studied the interrelationships between early villagers, maize agriculture, and climate change through the use of experimental farming and settlement pattern analysis. I've also conducted a great deal of fieldwork and lab work, conducted and supervised surveys, excavations, research programs, and lab work. Recently, I've conducted research involving rock art, ceramics, settlement patterns, and tree-ring dating, as well as writing reports. I am  interested in the hallmarks of ancestral Puebloan identity, worldviews, and religion, particularly as they relate to corn agriculture and what it means to be a farmer in the arid Southwest. For fun, I enjoy anything outdoors, gardening, wildcrafting, cooking (and eating), and sharing a good conversation over a beer or two with friends. I am excited to be back in Arizona to continue my education in the Ph.D. program here at the U of A.

Selected Publications

Bellorado, Benjamin A. (guest editor)

2013  Recent Research in the Eastern Mesa Verde Region. Special Issue of Kiva: Volume 78, Issue 4, Summer, 2013.

 

Bellorado, Benjamin A.

2013  An Introduction to Recent Research in the Eastern Mesa Verde Region. Kiva 78(4):339-375.
 

2011a  Landscape Use, Corn Ecology, and Identity in the Upper San Juan. In Social Identity in the Northern San Juan, edited by Paul F. Reed. Archaeology Southwest 24(3):7.

 

2011b  Pushing the Limits and Tormenting Corn Seeds: Cultural Adaptations and Climatic Change in the Upper San Juan During the Basketmaker II Period and Beyond. Southwestern Lore  77(2 and 3):33-47.

 

2011c  Leave Only Footprints: The Dating and Context of Pueblo III Sandal Imagery in the Comb Ridge and Cedar Mesa Areas. Blue Mountain Shadows 22:39-43.

 

2009  Chapter 6: A Reconstruction of Prehistoric Subsistence Agriculture in Ridges Basin. In Animas-La Plata Project: Volume XIII-Special Studies, edited by James M. Potter, pp. 215-233. SWCA Anthropological Paper Number 10. SWCA Environmental Consultants, Phoenix.

 

2008  Pueblo Farming Project: Temperature and Climate Studies Shed Light on Ancient Farming. Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Electronic Newsletter 3(10).

 

2007  Breaking Down the Models : Reconstructing Prehistoric Subsistence Agriculture in the Durango District of Southwestern Colorado. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

 

2003  Replication of Basketmaker II Roasting Pits From the Durango Area. In Anasazi Archaeology at the Millennium: Proceedings of the Sixth Occasional Anasazi Symposium, edited by Paul F. Reed, pp. 29-34. Center for Desert Archaeology, Tucson.

 

Bellorado, Benjamin A. and Kirk C. Anderson

2013  Early Pueblo Responses To Climate Variability: Farming Traditions, Land Tenure, And Social Power In The Eastern Mesa Verde Region. Kiva 78(4):377-416.

 

Adams, Karen, Shawn Murray, and A. Benjamin Bellorado

2008   Animas-La Plata Supportive Research Projects. In Animas La-Plata Project: Volume X-Environmental Archaeology Volume, edited by James Potter, pp. 145-169. SWCA Anthropological Paper Number 10. SWCA Environmental Consultants, Phoenix.

 

Adams, Karen, and Benjamin A. Bellorado

2005   The ALP Experimental Farming Project: Preliminary Results. In the special projects section of the Animas-La Plata Archaeological Project 2004 Annual Report, Volume 2, pp. 38-5 to 38-9.  Submitted to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, prepared by SWCA Environmental Consultants and, Durango.

 

Adams, Karen, and Benjamin A. Bellorado

2004  The ALP Experimental Farming Project: Preliminary Results.  In the special projects section of the Animas-La Plata Archaeological Project 2003 Annual Report, Volume 2, pp. 34-11 to 34-16.  Submitted to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, prepared by SWCA Environmental Consultants and, Durango.

 

Anderson, Kirk, and Benjamin A. Bellorado

2009   Selected Data and Interpretations from Weather Stations in Ridges Basin. In Animas-La Plata Project: Volume XIII-Special Studies, edited by James M. Potter, pp. 235-248. SWCA Anthropological Paper Number 10. SWCA Environmental Consultants, Phoenix.

 

 

Areas of Study

The Greater Southwestern region of North America

Projects

Research Assistant 2013-2014 to Dr. Ronald H. Towner, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. A Reassessment of Archaeological Wood from the Gallina Region of the Northern Southwest. A project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Cedar Mesa Building Murals and Social Identities Project 2013-2014. This ongoing project seeks to understand ancient social and religious networks through the analysis, dating, and documentation of building murals in Ancestral Pueblo habitation and religious structures in Southeastern Utah. In addition, the inventory of these rare and unique resources will aid federal land managers in the creation of management plans to help safeguard their preservation for years to come. The project has been funded by the generous William Self and Assoc. scholarship in 2013.

Research Interests

Ancient religions and communal rituals, social and ethnic identities in the ancient world, the origins of agriculture and complicated societies, communal hunting, dendroarchaeology, ceramics, rock art, building murals, experimental archaeology, paleoclimatology, historical linguistics, ancient foodways, and ethnobiology.

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Contact Information

Research Assistant at the School of Anthopology and The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Office: SW Archaeology Lab, Room 402, Haury Anthropology Building, University of Arizona
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30-3:30pm or by appointment

Degree(s)

M.A. Anthropology.  Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.  4.0 GPA, Thesis Completed (graduated with distinction 2007).

 

B.A. Anthropology.  Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado (graduated 2002).