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Cortez lecture features prominent anthropologist

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society is pleased to present Dr. Scott Ortman on Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 North Market St., to discuss two classic problems in American archaeology: the abandonment of Mesa Verde and the formation of the Rio Grande Pueblos. 

Despite a century of research, there is no consensus amongst researchers on how, or even if, these two events were related. Scott’s new book “Winds from the North: Resolving One of the Great Mysteries in American Archaeology,” poses solutions to these classic problems and will be the basis of his remarks.     

Ortman is an anthropologist with several areas of interest including the analysis and modeling of natural and human systems over time; the integration of linguistics, archaeology and human biology with oral traditions to better understand the histories of non-literate societies; and how political processes such as power and discourse interact with material conditions to influence social change.  Ortman is currently an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, the Lightfoot Fellow at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University.         

If you have questions about this or other lectures, call Bob Bernhart at (970) 739-6772.

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