Anna Sofaer and her colleagues Robert Weiner and Richard Friedman will share their latest research findings, which reveal the extent of the Chaco culture across an area the size of Ohio. They will review the Chacoans’ complex solar and lunar astronomy and suggest a wider window on the American Southwest with comparisons to cosmology centers around the ancient world. Their research includes 3-D models of the hundreds of outlying Great Houses throughout the Chaco world; and new results from the recent use of LiDAR technology to document enigmatic Chaco “roads,” many of which establish connections with striking features of the natural landscape and astronomical direction.
In 1977, Anna Sofaer rediscovered the “Sun Dagger” in Chaco Canyon. Through her non-profit Solstice Project, she has dedicated herself to collaborative research and education on the Chaco culture. Richard Friedman, San Juan College, is an expert in GIS and has integrated new aerial technologies with ground surveying. Robert Weiner, Ph.D. student at Univ. Colorado, Boulder, has focused his research on Chacoan “roads.” Cost for each lecture: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Go to www.nmnaturalhistory.org Questions: email@example.com