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Archaeology Webinars

We are pleased to share our previous webinars about important topics in archaeology. We aim to offer more accessible seminars and lectures for anyone interested. Our webinars are free and generally led by renowned researchers, academics, and experts. Be on the lookout for future webinars hosted by Crow Canyon. And subscribe to our YouTube channel to always see the latest video!


Four Corners Lecture Series presents Ute History with Rebecca Hammond

The Ute people are the longest continuous inhabitants of Colorado and Utah. According to our history, handed down by our elders, Ute people have lived here since the beginning of time. This webinar is an overview of Ute History and Culture. It includes information on U.S. treaties and how they reduced Ute lands. Historic Ute photos, from Colorado and Utah museum archives, are incorporated into the presentation.

Exploring Social Environments in the Southeast and Southwest with Dr. Catherine Cameron

In this discussion, Catherine will compare archaeological evidence for violent social environments in the U.S. Southeast and Southwest.

Worlds Forever Changed: The Vázquez de Coronado Expedition to Central New Mexico, 1540-1542 with Dr. Matthew Schmader and Jon Ghatate

This talk will focus on research done at a large ancestral village on the Rio Grande in central New Mexico. Results from 13 years of field investigation highlight the cultural clashes, history-changing events, and long-lasting effects of the expedition upon Pueblo peoples of the area.

Exploring the Interplay Between Climate and People in the Ancient U.S. Southwest with Dr. Colleen Strawhacker and Dr. Grant Snitker

This presentation will introduce the research of the Long-Term Vulnerability and Transformation Project at Arizona State University and focus on how ancient Pueblos may have drawn upon various strategies to mitigate risk, which may have been stressed in times of changing climate

Why Do We Call Them Kivas? with Dr. Steve Lekson, Dr. Susan Ryan, and Lyle Balenquah

Steve, Susan, and Lyle will discuss their perspectives on how kivas have been interpreted within archaeology and how they function within Pueblo society today. After their presentations, they will answer your questions about kivas in a live panel discussion.

Four Corners Lecture Series presents What Can We Learn From Coiling & Corrugation in Southwest Ceramics? with Genevieve Woodhead

Genevieve will discuss how prehispanic potters constructed corrugated vessels and how these vessels resemble and differ from historic and contemporary Pueblo pots.

Four Corners Lecture Series presents Recent Archaeological Research by Brigham Young University in Southeast Utah with Dr. Jim Allison

Over the last ten years, research by BYU faculty and students has included excavations at two large sites (Alkali Ridge Site 13 and Coal Bed Village), a variety of site documentation projects, and reanalysis of old artifact collections and survey data. This talk summarizes recent research and what that research tells us about the dynamic history of ancestral Pueblo settlements in southeastern Utah.

Four Corners Lecture Series Presents Chaco’s Monumental Roads: New Fieldworks and Insights with Robert Weiner

Rob will present new findings about the use and meanings of symbolic roadways in the pre-contact U.S. Southwest, with emphasis on issues of inequality, regional organization, and religion.

New Approaches to Old Questions in Fremont Archaeology with Katie Richards

Crow Canyon Lister Fellow Katie Richards will discuss her research analyzing the social and cultural patterns of the Fremont people. While Fremont architecture, pottery, and other artifacts are unique, there are clear relationships to other Pueblo societies throughout the Southwest.

Four Corners Lecture Series presents Languages of the Landscape: The Cedar Mesa Perishables Project (A film by Cloudy Ridge Productions)

In this documentary, members of the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project discuss insights from their studies of the vast collections of archaeological textiles, baskets, wooden implements, hides, and other perishable objects excavated from canyon alcoves in the region. They also share diverse perspectives about the significance of these legacy collections for archaeologists and descendent Pueblo communities and their value for cultural preservation. The research team and filmmaker will be available for Q&A after the film.

Historic Influences in Contemporary Pueblo Pottery with Charles King

Charles King, author and gallery owner, explores the historic influences in contemporary pueblo pottery. Ever wonder where artists get their inspiration for their pottery? It is a revival of historic shapes, designs, or clay colors. There are also often historic family traditions that follow through generations. More than just photos, this “hands on” event will examine, compare, and contrast pieces from the past with those of the present.

Leaving Footprints in the Ancient Southwest with Dr. Ben Bellorado

Dr. Bellorado will discuss the ways Ancestral Pueblo people in the northern Southwest used twined sandals and analyze sandal representations in rock art, murals, and portable media.

The Archaeology of Food Social Transformation with Sarah Oas

This talk explores the relationships between foodways, the ways we produce, prepare, and consume foods, and periods of social transformation. Foodways offer a unique window into the historic process and experience of social transformations. At the same time, foodways, as they are conserved or changed, participate in processes of social transformation.

Four Corners Lecture Series Presents The Archaeology of the Aztec North Great House with Michelle Turner

Crow Canyon postdoctoral scholar, Michelle Turner, will present her research at Aztec North, a Chaco-era great house at Aztec Ruins National Monument in northern New Mexico. She and a crew from Binghamton University conducted limited excavation at Aztec North, and Michelle will discuss what they learned about the site’s chronology, its architecture, its relationships to Chaco and other regions, and the daily lives of its residents.

Wild Wisdom: Essential Food and Medicine of the Land

This slide show presentation will cover commonly found edible and medicinal plants that are essential for human health and well-being.

Mimbres: Dimples, Slip-Slop, and Clapboard - What They Are and Why They Matter with Dr. Steve Lekson

The artistry of Mimbres potters (southwestern New Mexico ca. 1050) was uniquely their own. But the technology of their pottery was not. The techniques – manifest as dimples, slip-slop, and clapboard – were shared with contemporary societies to the west and to the north. The Mimbres of southwestern New Mexico were first deeply connected to the Hohokam civilization to the west in Arizona and then, around A.D. 1000 shifted their interests to Chaco and the Pueblo north. Mimbres had its own history, of course, ending with the rise of Casas Grandes. But Mimbres’s engagements first with Hohokam and then with Chaco shaped Mimbres society – and Mimbres pottery. The techniques of Mimbres pottery and their provenance help us better understand Mimbres' role in the history of the greater Southwest.

Four Corners Lecture Series presents Sacred Landscape, Sacred People with Jason Nez

Jason Nez will explore Sacred Landscape, Sacred People: Connections between Landscapes and Cultural Identity.

Four Corners Lecture Series presents Who Are the Southern Utes with Edward Burch Box III

Brought to you by the Four Corners Lecture Series, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Edward Burch Box III, a Southern Ute Tribal Member, was raised on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and in his Traditional Ute ways. Edward currently resides in Ignacio, CO. He enjoys beading, crafting, relearning his Ute language, and teaching his culture and traditional ways to the younger generation. Edward will be presenting “Who are the Southern Utes.

Digitizing the Past: Recent 3D Modeling at Crow Canyon with Grant Coffey

Three-dimensional modeling is an important part of today’s archaeological practice. Drone and ground-based photogrammetry allow for the very accurate and precise modeling of archaeological sites, contexts, and artifacts. These digital models can be used to preserve fragile contexts, as educational tools, and as a means of sharing archaeological data and objects with members of the interested public and descendant groups. This webinar discusses recent 3D modeling at Crow Canyon and includes information on model creation, discussions of the sites and artifacts presented, and it also outlines future directions for how these models might be used to enhance distance learning opportunities at Crow Canyon.

Images of Basketmaker II Society in the Canyons of Southeast Utah

This webinar is brought to you by the Four Corners Lecture Series, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Bears Ears Education Center, and the Friends of Cedar Mesa. Shanna Diederichs and Meadow Coldon will explore the “Images of Basketmaker II Society in the Canyons of Southeast Utah.

Ask an Archaeologist with Becky Hammond, Steve Copeland, and Susan Ryan

Hosted by Susan Ryan, Chief Mission Officer; Becky Hammond, Educator and American Indian Outreach Coordinator; and Steve Copeland, Field Archaeologist, this is your opportunity to ask three Crow Canyon staff members any questions you have about archaeology!

Four Corners Lecture Series Presents Kevin Jones (Standing on the Walls of Time)

Brought to you by the Four Corners Lecture Series, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, and Utah State Parks.
Kevin Jones speaks about the events that led to his writing the book “Standing on the Walls of Time,” including his push to make rock art Utah’s official works of art. His talk focuses on why rock art should be treated and viewed as fine art and given the recognition it deserves.

The T-Door is an Enigma…” with Dr. Steve Lekson

T-shaped doors track the political history of the ancient Southwest. They start at Chaco, continue at Aztec Ruins and Mesa Verde, and then disappear from the Pueblo area, only to reappear at Casas Grandes. A recent Crow Canyon trip to cliff-dwellings in the Sierra Madres of Chihuahua shows us some of the most spectacular displays of the 'enigmatic T-door.'

Southwest Indian Art: Origins and Revivals with Emerald Tanner

In this webinar, Emerald shines a spotlight on very early Native American artists from the turn of the century through modern day; experience an inside look at how some of the artists she works with today are doing revival-style works.

Toward a Science of ArchaeoEcology: Placing Humans into Food Webs with Dr. Stefani Crabtree

Explore the impact of human / environment interaction and examine how the actions and interactions of individuals can have large overarching consequences for the environment and society.

Discover Archaeology: Pueblo Farming Project Webinar with Mark Varien and Paul Ermigiotti

Paul Ermigiotti and Mark Varien present a webinar on one of Crow Canyon’s longest running and most important projects (2008-2020): The Pueblo Farming Project (PFP). Learn more about the PFP here.

Discover Archaeology: Flintknapping Demonstration by Tyson Hughes

Join Tyson Hughes for a flintknapping demonstration for people of all ages.

Four Corners Lecture Series Presents Dr. Kellam Throgmorton

Kellam explores the manipulation of landscapes for political purposes in the Chacoan World from A.D. 850 – 1140.

The Art of Weaving - on the Web

This webinar is about the history of Navajo Basket Making in Southeast, Utah - presented by Twin Rocks Trading Post and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. To learn more about the Twin Rocks Trading Post, visit their website: https://www.twinrocks.com/.

Discover Archaeology: Updates from the Northern Chaco Outliers Project

Drs. Kari Schleher and Kellam Throgmorton will be discussing the latest updates and research from the Northern Chaco Outliers Project on Crow Canyon's campus. To learn more about this project, visit Learn More. To support ongoing work like this, go to Support

Climate & Culture Webinar

Dr. Kyle Bocinsky, Director of the Research Institute at Crow Canyon, provides a look into the impact of changing climates on past, present, and future Southwestern cultures.