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AIA Lecture Series: Bison Hunting as a Social Institution: A Bird's Eye View
Start Date: 2/2/2013Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 2/2/2013End Time: 8:30 PM
Event Description:
Department of Anthropology Distinguished Archaeologist Lecture:
Throughout the 20th century, archaeologists approached bison hunting primarily as an economic pursuit driven, in large part, by the behavior of the prey. This view was perpetuated both by the nature of the archaeological record in the western plains and a narrow focus on the kill site and the hunting weapon. Yet, new advances in theory and method used to date stone surface architecture and map it at unprecedented scales reveal that bison hunting involved intensive and extensive labor management and landscape engineering that could legitimately be called "monumental." Through a bird's eye view of the late prehistoric ancestral Blackfoot bison hunting tradition of the northwestern Plains (AD 100-1750), it is now possible to recast bison hunting as an institution based on control that transcended space and time. This bird's eye view is applied to the design and construction of multiple driveline complexes with associated domestic and non-domestic facilities along the Two Medicine River Valley in the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Montana and comparable sites in neighboring areas.

Maria Nieves Zendeno, University of Arizona, Archaeological Institute of America, Boulder Society Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology
Contact Information:
Name: University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Phone: 303-492-6892
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