Jody Patterson will present on May 17 Huh, Didn’t Expect That: Initial Observations and Findings from the Excavation of a Small Formative Site in Spanish Valley. The lecture is based on the premise that if archaeologists could have one superpower, it would be X-ray vision. The lecture will also touch on how the excavation of a small Formative Period (A.D. 500 to A.D. 1300) site in Spanish Valley falls into the category of unexpected discovery. Archaeologists, expecting to find only a small structure and midden, excavated two separate structures and their associated features and recovered a wide variety of artifacts. This presentation will examine the initial results of the excavation and explore the cultural affiliation of the site with respect to the Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan peoples.
On May 24, R. E. Burillo will present Borderlands: Collision and Coalescence in the Culture History of Southeast Utah. The lecture will focus on the concept of the Bears Ears area of San Juan County representing a peripheral zone to the heartlands of cultural occupation areas throughout its history.
And on June 7 author Frank Ruggles will discuss his book Chasing Light. Ruggles has a very unique and unusual resume, having served in the legendary 82nd Airborne, played in a few rock bands, and worked for the U.S. State Department and Smithsonian Institution. Ruggles also followed in the footsteps of his hero, photographer Ansel Adams, and was selected in 2007 to serve as an “eminent photographer” for the National Park Service.
The lecture series will be held at the Moab Information Center, located at the corner of Center Street and Main Street. All lectures will begin at 6 p.m.