Message #145:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Mimbres Lives and Landscapes Exhibit at ASU
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 15:23:43 -0700


From:	Victoria D. Vargas 
 
The Museum of Anthropology at Arizona State University announces the
opening of "Mimbres Lives and Landscapes", an exhibition about the
archaeology of social and environmental issues in the prehistoric Mimbres
Region. The exhibit is open to the public Mon-Fri 10 am- 4 pm, except on
university holidays...there is no charge.

The exhibit presents results from the continuing Eastern Mimbres
Archaeological Project (EMAP), co-directed by Dr. Margaret Nelson and Dr.
Michelle Hegmon, which is investigating the Classic and Postclassic Mimbres
occupation of southwest New Mexico (A.D. 1000-1450). The Classic Mimbres
Period (A.D. 1000-1150) was characterized by the occupation of large
agricultural villages, many of which were apparently abandoned by A.D.
1150. EMAP has shown that many of the people who left these villages did
not leave the Mimbres region as has been surmised for many years by
archaeologists. Instead, they moved to their field camps along smaller
drainages, where they established small residential hamlets (the 
Postclassic Period, A.D. 1150-1250). Then, at around A.D. 1250, they again
reaggregated into large villages (the Black Mountain Phase, ca. A.D. 1250).

EMAP research focuses on the social and economic processes involved in the
settlement changes and their environmental implications. For example, it
has been learned that the people who moved to the small hamlets continued
to rely primarily on food production but, 
unlike their ancestors in the large villages, they did not degrade their
environment and they maintained far-reaching regional ties.

The exhibit and associated educational programs
	1. demonstrate that artifacts are information
	2. illustrate archaeological problem solving and critical thinking
	3. show how information about the past helps us to understand
	   current social and environmental issues
	4. promote environmental and cultural preservation

For information regarding the exhibit please write Victoria Vargas,
Education Coordinator at copper@imap1.asu.edu   (note the numeral "one" in
the address).

Credits: Exhibition and Educational Programs sponsored by the Turner
Foundation. Curated by Dr. Margaret Nelson, Dr. Michelle Hegmon, and
Margaret Lindauer, Dept. of Anthropology, Arizona State University.

Victoria D. Vargas, Education Coordinator
Museum of Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology
Arizona State University, Tempe AZ 85287
E-mail: copper@IMAP1.ASU.EDU