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In 2015–2016, we feature presenters who will explain the “so what?” of their findings. Accordingly, we encourage audiences to consider not only the past, but also their own place in our human story.
On March 15, 2016, Matthew Peeples (Arizona State University) will present “The Relationships among Social Interaction, Economics, and Culture.”
The work I will present represents the initial results of a large and collaborative project involving Archaeology Southwest, the University of Arizona, and Arizona State University. It is focused on using concepts from contemporary social network analysis to study ancient Chacoan communities in the Southwest. Using archaeological data and comparative data on contemporary societies, the goal is to explore in depth how explorations of the development, spread, and transformation of social networks in the past can inform current debates in the social sciences and society at large on the relationship between social interaction, economics, and culture.
Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. We have based Archaeology Café on the science pub or science cafe model that developed in Europe and quickly spread to major American cities. At Archaeology Café, we break down the static, jargon-laden dynamic of traditional lectures, and have an expert share some ideas with the group in ways that get discussion going. (Food and drink make things a little livelier, too.)
The program is free, but participants are encouraged to order their own refreshments. Although kids may attend with adult supervision, Archaeology Cafés are best for adults and young adults.
If accommodation is needed due to disability, please contact Linda Pierce by email or phone, (520) 882-6946, ext. 23.
Place: We meet in the Aztec Room of Macayo’s Central, 4001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, near the Indian School light rail stop.
Time: Presentations begin after 6:00 p.m. It is best to arrive at about 5:30 p.m. in order to get settled, as seating is open and unreserved, but limited. Share tables and make new friends!
Cost: Archaeology Café is free, but guests are encouraged to order their own refreshments from the menu. Enjoy happy hour prices!
The 2015–2016 season is made possible, in part, by Arizona Humanities.