Contact: Andrea McDowell at 575.562.2696
PORTALES–The annual Cynthia Irwin Williams Lecture will be from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building at Eastern New Mexico University. It is free and open to the public.
The guest speaker will be Catherine Cameron, professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado. She works in the northern part of the American Southwest focusing especially on the Chaco and post-Chaco eras (A.D. 900-1300).
Her research interests include prehistoric migration, the evolution of complex societies through the study of regional social and political systems, methodology of defining social boundaries in the past, and prehistoric architecture.
She works in southeastern Utah at the Bluff Great House, a Chacoan site and in nearby Comb Wash, and published a monograph on this research in 2009 ("Chaco and After" in the Northern San Juan, University of Arizona Press). She also studies captives in prehistory, especially their role in cultural transmission.
She published an edited volume on this topic in 2008 (Invisible Citizens, Captives and Their Consequences, University of Utah Press). She has been co-editor of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory since 2000.
For more information, call Andrea McDowell at 575-562-2696.