Archaeology and History

SAN MARCOS PUEBLO: ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY

Ann F. Ramenofsky and Kari L. Schleher

Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:30 PM
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Road NW


San Marcos Pueblo, located at the western edge of the Galisteo Basin, is an aggregated town that has been known to the archaeological world since Nels Nelson’s preliminary field work there in the early twentieth century. Beginning before and continuing through the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, San Marcos was a vital community, a hub of Puebloan economic, political, and social activity.

San Marcoseños were known for their fine glaze-painted ceramics that were traded both within the Basin and beyond. The town was known to the Spanish: a mission and convento was established there in the 1630s, as was metal assaying and smelting. Their role in the Pueblo Revolt was not uniform, suggesting that factions may have been present within the community.

Ramenofsky and Schleher are the co-editors of a volume “The Archaeology and History of Pueblo San Marcos: Change and Stability”, recently published by UNM Press. In this lecture, they jointly discuss some of the results of that decade-long research at the Pueblo. Highlighted are evidence of stability and change in their settlement strategy, the glaze-painted ceramics that inform on the nature of potting communities, and protohistorique native population change.

Ann F. Ramenofsky is professor emerita of anthropology at the University of New Mexico. She has authored numerous articles and books, including “Vectors of Death: The Archaeology of European Contact” and the co-editor of “Exploring Cause and Explanation: Historical Ecology, Demography, and Movement in the American Southwest.”

Kari L. Schleher is the laboratory manager at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico. She is a specialist in Puebloan ceramics, especially the glaze-painted wares of the Rio Grande. She is a contributor to regional and national journals including Journal of Archaeological Science and Kiva.


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