After-Dinner Lecture

Thursday, October 27 following the conference banquet

Dr. Eric Blinman
Florescence and Crash: Highlights of Environmental and Cultural History in the Southwest

Agricultural dependence came relatively late to the semiarid Southwestern United States. However, the spare record of the past 2000 years gives us a relatively uncluttered virtual laboratory to explore cultural change in the face of a changing environment. Human-initiated changes in demography, technology, and social organization play out against inexorable climate changes that repeatedly both shaped and destroyed stable adaptations of ancestral Puebloan peoples. Puebloan cultural resilience was forged in this setting and carries through to today.

Dr. Eric Blinman is the Deputy Director of the Office of Archaeological Studies, a research enterprise within the Museum of New Mexico, Department of Cultural Affairs. He received his academic training in anthropology and archaeology at UC Berkeley and Washington State University. After working throughout the western United States, he began studying Puebloan prehistory in 1979 and joined the staff of the Museum of New Mexico in 1988. His research interests include ceramic and textile technologies, archaeomagnetic dating, and the social and economic evolution of Puebloan peoples. He is part of a nationally recognized program for education outreach in archaeology, with recent emphasis on science and math enrichment for Native American students.