Register now for the Society for California Archaeology 2024 Annual Meeting: Considering Cultural Landscapes featuring Hannah Robinson from the Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District, and Gregory Haynes from Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, on Friday, March 8.
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Prehistoric Ceramics in the California Deserts: Building Consensus among Stakeholders in the Twenty-First Century
Friday, March 8, 2024
One hundred years ago, Malcolm Rogers began his archaeological investigations using ceramics to construct a prehistoric culture history of the Colorado and Mojave deserts of California. Since that time many archaeologists have followed Rogers, seeking to understand prehistoric cultural affiliations, culture change, and how people made a living in these lands using ceramics. But prehistoric ceramics intersect with, and are important to, many people beyond those in academia. Descendant communities have their own unique knowledge about these artifacts and their meaning in the lives of their ancestors. Land managers, who administer public lands and the resources present thereon, are charged with the protection and conservation of ceramic-related resources. Just as importantly are museum and curation professionals who care for ceramic collections in-perpetuity on behalf of the American public. Each of these stakeholders have their own perspectives about prehistoric ceramics in the California deserts. This symposium brings together individuals from these diverse backgrounds to discuss future directions in our understanding, management, and curation of ceramic artifacts and ceramic assemblages in the twenty-first century.
Hannah Robinson, District Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District
Greg Haynes, Associate Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
Rena Van Fleet, Colorado River Indian Tribes, Tribal Historic Preservation Office
Karen Harry, Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tony Soares, Ceramic Replication Professional
Aaron Wright, Preservation Anthropologist, Archaeology Southwest
Kristin O’Lear, Executive Director, Imperial Valley Desert Museum
Jill McCormick, Yuma Field Office Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management