On the Threshold – NM Landscapes and Spanish Colonization

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On the Threshold – NM Landscapes and Spanish Colonization

When Spanish colonists came to New Mexico in 1598, they encountered landscapes shaped by centuries of intensive human use: the fields, water features, and towns of prehistoric New Mexico were all products of human activity, and both zooarchaeological and paleoethnobotanical data suggest significant human impacts on floral and faunal features outside of human settlement. And yet, these human-influenced prehistoric Southwestern landscapes were distinct from those that developed through the “Columbian exchange” and contact between indigenous communities and the Spanish. The Spanish colonists brought with them a suite of new taxa – both floral and faunal – as well as new land management practices that transformed New Mexican environments.

In this talk, Emily Lena Jones uses zooarchaeology – particularly data on the abundance and distribution of Old World domesticates, such as sheep – from sites across New Mexico to explore how the coming of the Spanish shaped the landscapes we live in today.

Join Ms. Jones for a her lecture: On the Threshold – NM Landscapes and Spanish Colonization

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

6:30 – 8:30 pm

at Historic Los Luceros, Alcalde, NM

Suggested donation – $5

Emily Lena Jones is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Associate of the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on understanding the relationships between past humans and the landscapes they lived in, particularly through animal remains from archaeological sites. Although she has conducted projects in Arizona, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, and Alaska, her current research focuses on the historical ecology of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley. She is the author of numerous articles on the zooarchaeology of Paleolithic Southwestern Europe as well as the late prehistoric and early historic American Southwest. Her book, In Search of the Broad Spectrum Revolution in Paleolithic Southwest Europe, will be published by Springer International in Fall 2015.