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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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September 28th 2011:Yin-Yang and the Amazing Archaeology of the American Southwest

In this episode we explore the most spectacular archaeological region in the United States, the Southwest. Sites like Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon are international monuments. But this vast area’s archaeological richness tells a much more complex story. Native societies in southern Arizona built enormous canal irrigation systems as early as 1200 BCE. 11th century artists of New Mexico’s Mimbres region painted brilliant ceramic pots that grace museum collections everywhere. Southwest sites have been excavated since the late 1800s, with scientists and the public benefiting from favorably dry pres

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Cory Breternitz

Cory Breternitz has over 45 years of field, analysis and publishing experience. He has participated in some of the largest regional projects including the National Park Service Chaco Canyon Project, New Mexico and the Dolores Project, Colorado. He has worked for academic institutions, museums, the Navajo Tribe, and private consulting firms. For 25 years Cory owned Soil Systems, Inc. a private firm that conducted some of the largest excavations linked to the Hohokam culture in Arizona.
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Stephen H. Lekson

Stephen H. Lekson is Curator of Archaeology (Museum of Natural History) and Professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado. He has directed more than 20 archaeological projects across the Southwest. Dr. Lekson's publications include numerous articles and several major volumes including A History of the Ancient Southwest (2009), The Architecture of Chaco Canyon (2007), and Archaeology of the Mimbres Region (2006). Steve lectures extensively on Southwestern archaeology at professional and popular venues.
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