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EVENT: Human Adaptation to Catastrophic Events: Lessons from the 11th Century A.D. Eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano
DATE/TIME: January 5, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ.
At our fourth Archaeology Café, Dr. Elson presented a fascinating talk on the archaeology of cataclysmic events. Mark focused on evidence from the eruption of Sunset Crater in the 11th century A.D. Dr. Elson’s work provides fascinating insights into human responses to disasters, ancient and modern.
ABOUT SPEAKER MARK ELSON
Mark Elson is a Principal Investigator with Desert Archaeology, Inc., in Tucson, Arizona, and an Adjunct Professor in the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Elson has spent the past 25 years working in the American Southwest, directing archaeological projects on the Navajo Reservation, in the Flagstaff area, and in the Tucson, Phoenix, and Tonto Basins. Mark has also undertaken archaeological fieldwork in Ecuador and Argentina. His research interests include prehistoric social organization and kinship systems, economic systems, the formation of social boundaries, and prehistoric adaptations to catastrophic events. With volcanologist Dr. Michael Ort, Mark co-directs a multidisciplinary project investigating the effects of the eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano on the prehistoric inhabitants of northern Arizona.
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