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Next AIA-Orange County Society Lecture

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2:00-4:00 PM

"Modeling and Empirical Research Shed Light on the Entwined Histories of Climate, Production, Population, Hierarchy, and Violence in the northern Southwest, AD 600-1600"

an AIA Sponsored Lecture

at Concordia University


Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7:00 PM

"Prehispanic Pueblo Societies: The Big Picture from the Village Ecodyamics Project"

at the Beckman Center
100 Academy Drive
Irvine CA.
Map and Directions

This lecture requires a reservation. See below for details.

Dr. Tim Kohler

Department of Anthropology Washington State University

Dr. Kohler is the Senior Principal Investigator for the Village Ecodynamics Project. See also http://libarts.wsu.edu/anthro/faculty/kohler.html

The February 22nd lecture will be an overview of recent research from the Village Ecodynamics Project, some of it published very recently, some still in press.

At the February 24th lecture Dr. Kohler will frame recent
Village Ecodynamics Project modeling and empirical research on the central Mesa Verde and northern Rio Grande regions within a much larger picture of population growth reconstructed from osteological remains and movement reconstructed from tree-ring dates for the entire upland Southwest.

The Village Ecodynamics Project is a network of archaeologists, geologists, geographers, computer scientists and economists seeking to explain key aspects of the late prehistory of the northern Southwest through empirical research and modeling. The goal is to understand the factors influencing settlement patterns of early small-scale farming cultures. Few settlements are left today but they represented the norm throughout most of the Neolithic period the world over. This project uses models to investigate where prehistoric people of the American Southwest would have situated their households based on both the natural and social environments in which they lived. We seek to understand general processes in the environments of southwestern Colorado between A.D. 600 and A.D. 1300. Sites at Chaco Canyon and Bandelier in New Mexico and Mesa Verde in Colorado are several of the areas explored through this research.

Reservation for the February 24th Lecture at the Beckman Center ...

If you wish to attend this lecture, call or e-mail Ruth DeNault at 949-888-5200 x 102 or rdenault@denaults.com as soon as possible or call the Beckman Center for reservations: 949-721-2200. 

We thank Larry and Donna Gough for sponsoring Dr. Kohler's Beckman Institute presentation.

Additional Information for Lectures at Concordia University ...

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Members - Free (members may also bring a guest free of charge)
Non-members - $5 suggested contribution
Students - Free

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA

Take Jeffrey Drive south from the San Diego Freeway (I-405)
Jeffrey Drive becomes University Drive south of the 405 Freeway
Turn left at Ridgeline Dr. and go a very short block
Turn right at Concordia East
Pick up a free parking pass at the gate house.

Park in visitor parking opposite Grimm Hall (see campus map)