CRIA’S Lecture Series continues on Thursday, September 14th with a special presentation by Dr. Laurie Webster: “Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood, and Hides from Southeastern Utah: Latest Findings from the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project.”
During the 1890s, local “cowboy” archaeologists excavated thousands of prehistoric perishable artifacts from alcoves in southeastern Utah. Most were shipped to museums outside of the Southwest, where they were largely forgotten by archaeologists and the public. Who were these early collectors, where did these objects go, and what insights do they provide about the ingenuity and daily lives of the early inhabitants of southeastern Utah? In this presentation, Laurie Webster will discuss her recent research with these collections and highlight some of the extraordinary 1000 to 2000-year-old textiles, baskets, hides, wooden implements, and other perishable artifacts from sites in this region.
Dr. Laurie Webster is an anthropologist who specializes in the perishable material culture of the American Southwest. She is a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Her publications include the edited volume “Beyond Cloth and Cordage: Archaeological Textile Research in the Americas,” and the books “Navajo Weaving: The Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science,” and “Collecting the Weaver’s Art: The William Claflin Collection of Southwestern Textiles,” as well as numerous articles about prehistoric perishable technologies. She lives in Mancos, Colorado.
The lecture is free of charge and will begin at 7:00pm at The Springs Resort and Spa (Ecoluxe Building) located at 165 Hot Springs Blvd. The public is invited to join CRIA for their social hour preceding the lecture at 6:00pm. Please bring your favorite finger-food to share and join our volunteers to learn more about this non-profit organization which operates the interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest.