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Third Thursday Food for Thought – “In Search of a Borderland: Archaeological Patterns of Northwest Mexico and Neighbors”

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On Thursday, March 21, 2024, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s Third Thursday Food for Thought program presents In Search of a Borderland: Archaeological Patterns of Northwest Mexico and Neighbors” by archaeologist Matthew C. Pailes, PhD. This free Zoom presentation will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time (same as Pacific Daylight Time).

In this presentation Matthew Pailes will review recent archaeological research in Northwest Mexico, a region frequently invoked as a tierra incognita in grand schemas of continental history. Was it the origin point for major social movements? A source or destination of populations known from the US Southwest? Or even more basically, is there continuity in traditions from the US Southwest to Mesoamerica? Thanks to decades of work by Mexican and international archaeologists we can now begin to place Northwest Mexico in its rightful place in continental scale narratives. This review will span the traditions of Northwest Mexico, focusing most on the Sierra Madre Occidental. New data suggest this region presents a unique story of persistent occupation for millennia, avoiding the boom and bust political cycles of many neighbors and resisting incorporation into the religious and political tumult that characterized much of the 1200 to 1400s in the US Southwest. Dr. Pailes, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, has done extensive archaeological research in Sonora, Chihuahua, and Arizona.

To register for the Zoom webinar go to: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hLrnZPIESWmns2V-0qk67g. For more information contact Old Pueblo at info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201.

Flyer: 20240321(v1)ThirdThursday_MatthewPailes_InSearchOfABorderland_NWMexico&Neighbors

Caption: Archaeologists excavating a rock-foundation structure in Chihuahua, drone photo courtesy of Dr. Pailes


March 21
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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