In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Dr. Laurie Webster, an archaeologist who has looked at thousands of perishable artifacts from prehistoric sites in the Southwest, about why these objects are important for learning the hidden details in the lives of prehistoric cultures.
The Outdoor Museum On The Ground program brings local students to archaeological sites to teach them about ancestral Pueblo culture, the environment, and concepts of stewardship and preservation. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Kathy Stemmler, Director of Education at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and Marietta Eaton, Manager and Director of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center, about this collaborative field day program, and how it is impacting the students who participate.
The Dillard Site is an archaeological site in southwestern Colorado occupied beginning in the 7th century A.D. that has been excavated over the past three years. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Caitlin Sommer, supervisory archaeologist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center who has been excavating the Dillard Site, about what information from the site is telling archaeologists about early social organization in the prehistoric Southwest.
In this debut episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Paul Ergimiotti from Crow Canyon Archaeological Center about their Pueblo Farming Project, what we know and don’t know about how the ancient pueblo people farmed, and how they were able to survive and, at times, thrive in a harsh desert climate.
Each year, the Pecos Conference brings together archaeologists from across the Southwest to share research, challenges, and stories from the field. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dr. Jim Allison, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Brigham Young University, about the history of the Pecos Conference, why it is important for archaeologists, and what is happening at this year's conference in Blanding, Utah.
Archaeology is a science that most of us consider as a way to perceive the distant past, with little application to today's problems. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Steve Wolverton, Associate Professor in Archaeology at the University of North Texas, who uses data from ancient and modern sources in an attempt to shed new light on contemporary environmental and social issues.
The prehistory of Chaco Canyon has largely been interpreted using archaeological evidence that has lead to explanations of Chaco Canyon as a destination for Mesoamerican traders, a hub in a centralized redistribution system, or as a destination for pilgrims within a ritualized landscape. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dr. John Ware, an anthropologist and archaeologist who believes that the key to explaining Chaco canyon may lie in deciphering differences and similarities among the living descendants of Chaco: the historic Pueblo peoples of Arizona and New Mexico.
Historic properties and archaeological sites on tribal lands are managed more and more by Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Terry Knight, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, about how his office protects important places both on tribal lands and around the southwest.
The Dillard Site is a Basketmaker III archaeological site in southwestern Colorado that was occupied beginning in the 7th century A.D. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Shanna Diederichs, a supervisory archaeologist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, about their excavations at the Dillard Site, and what their research tells us about the site's prehistoric inhabitants. This interview was aired during KSJD's Spring Membership Drive on April 21st, 2014.
The Discovery Pool research grant program, established by the Canyonlands Natural History Association, provides funding for research partnerships between scientists and federal land management agencies in southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Fred Blackburn, the chair of the Canyonlands Natural History Association, about what kinds of research the program is funding, and how these grants foster understanding of the intricate cultural and natural resources of our public lands.