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From the Ashes: The Lost History of Aztec Ruins
Start Date: 4/26/2017Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 4/26/2017End Time: 8:30 PM
Event Description:

Tucked into the northwest corner of New Mexico stands a little-known archaeological site with World Heritage status. Aztec Ruins is a 900-year old city-scape made up of exceptionally well-preserved great stone structures, massive roads, small houses, and enigmatic mounds. Thoroughly excavated by CU’s own Earl Morris a century ago, Aztec nevertheless still has tales to tell. Erin Baxter presents how recent research into Morris’ museum archive is radicalizing our views of Aztec. We now know it as the once-capital of Southwestern civilization which rose and fell in an explosion of political upheaval, aberrant behavior, violence and fire. This talk will explore unpublished diaries, letters, photos, and maps that give tantalizing clues to Aztec’s complex history and reveals the emergence of social inequality, the role of violence and conflict, and the development of larger scales of political organization during one of the most important chapters in Ancestral Pueblo history.  


Location Information:
Main Campus - CU Museum (Henderson Building)  (View Map)
1030 Broadway
Boulder, CO
Contact Information:
Name: CU Museum of Natural History
Phone: (303) 492-6892
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