Thursday, October 27 following the conference banquet
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.