Got CALICHE ? "Whistling Past the Graveyard," is a day-long preservation workshop designed for members of the public who find themselves in charge of the family burial ground or a church grave site. The program considers modern-day concerns rather than centuries-old archaeological mysteries. It's very important that people understand the importance of bison to Texas history, as bison are an icon of the Old West.,0 terraserver coverage for southwest See the PDF document on the SWA Jobs page - Work At Paquime (Casas Grandes) - volunteer fieldwork opportunities with INAH archaeologists. Lodge and meals are usually covered.

From: J. MIKE LAVERDE El Paso Archaeological Society meeting


Presents: Steve Lekson, Ph.D. Speaking on: " Chaco, Aztec, and Paquime: A Political History Of The Ancient Southwest" Thursday, March 18, 1999, 7:30 PM Neill Auditorium in the Business Administration Building at UTEP

Evidence from over a century of archaeological research by numerous institutions suggests that the ancient Pueblo world had three sequential capitals: Chaco Canyon, from AD 900 to AD 1125, followed by Aztec Ruins, AD 1110 to AD 1275, and ultimately, Paquime (also known as Casas Grandes) from AD 1250/1300 to AD 1450/1500. Each of these sites was by far the largest and most important center of its time and place. Each was a "ceremonial city," and each was a center for long distance commerce in precious materials, such as turquoise, copper, shell, and exotic birds. Architectural details shared by these three cities, but otherwise unique in the Southwest, suggest a continuous political history that linked these three cities over four or five centuries. Traditional histories at several pueblos support this new understanding of the ancient Southwest. A new book, Chaco Meridian, reports this controversial interpretation. Steve Lekson, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research interests include the archaeology of the Southwest, particularly the Anasazi areas of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde as well as the influence of Paquime on the northern Southwest. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 755-4332 or check our web site at