Message #202

Date: Tue, 23 Jun 1998
Subject: Tactical Sites Symposium Call for Papers

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : 

From:  John R. Welch

Archaeology and Architecture of Tactical Sites

A Symposium Sponsored by the Arizona Archaeological
Council, the Arizona Archaeological Society, the
Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society,
Northern Arizona University, and others TBA.


The Fall meeting of the Arizona Archaeological Council,
to be held at the City Council Chambers in Flagstaff,
October 23-24, 1998, will include a two-day symposium
and workshop on tactical sites, places constructed or
occupied for offensive or defensive purposes: e.g.,
forts, refuges, lookouts, breastworks. Tactical sites
occur across most of greater Arizona and are linked
with Puebloan, Yuman, Piman, Athapaskan, Hispanic,
Mormon, U.S. Army, and other groups.  

Tactical sites are fascinating as well as spectacular.
They provide symbols of Native American resistance
and monuments to clashes within and between the
Southwest's diverse peoples. Researchers and
publishers, as well as land managers, tribes, and
non-professionals are keenly interested in tactical
sites and associated topics. Despite mounting
interest in warfare and other forms of conflict,
however, information on the artifactual,
architectural, landscape, strategic, and settlement
pattern variations associated with tactical sites
remains underdeveloped.  

The symposium and workshop seeks to broaden, refine,
and coordinate conceptual and methodological
approaches to tactical sites and related issues. What
do these sites look like and where are they located?
Were so-called "defensive sites" and "forts" built for
tactical reasons or for other purposes? What types of
information establish the functional, cultural, and
temporal associations of suspected tactical sites?
What can tactical sites tell us about the changing
modes and technologies of conflict? Are there regions
which lack tactical sites adjacent to regions which
are fortified, and do these "no-man's lands" also lack
habitation sites during the period of interest? What
can be learned about conflict in the American
Southwest by looking at other world regions? What
roles did warfare, or the threat thereof play in
demographic, settlement, and sociopolitical dynamics?

In an effort to foster information-sharing,
agenda-setting, and collaboration, the workshop will
feature diverse forums intended to encourage
presentations from, and participation of, all who
care to share their data or views on this broad topic:
individuals with data on one or more sites that are
suspected of serving tactical needs; groups working
together on regional projects involving tactical sites
or other archaeological manifestations of conflict or
uncertainty; preliminary or fully mature research
reports; comments or reactions from non-archaeologists
(tribal representatives, military strategists,
architects, etc.) to archaeologists' notions about
tactical sites, conflict, etc.  
To participate, submit a description of your
presentation or a paper title and abstract to John
Welch (email and wordperfect disk submissions
appreciated): Submission deadline is September 1.
Conference registration and other details will be
provided in future information releases. Workshop
Proceedings will be published in the AAS Arizona
Archaeologist series.

Workshop Facilitator:

John R. Welch
Post Office Box 584
Fort Apache, Arizona 85926
(520)338-5430 (Fax)338-5488