In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Jonathan Gottschall, author and fellow at Washington & Jefferson College, about how we are all hardwired to learn and experience through the sharing of stories, the complimentary relationship between stories and science, and how the stories we tell change us in fundamental ways.
Exploring the canyons of the Four Corners area in search of remote archaeological remains is a passion for many residents and visitors to the area. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with climber and author David Roberts to discuss his new book "The Lost World Of The Old Ones", which takes readers along on some of the most difficult cliff climbs in America in search of prehistoric remains, and how these places fit into the larger context of prehistory in the Southwest.
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.