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Dr. Kari Schleher
Pottery Production, Learning, and Social Networks from the Central Mesa Verde Region to the Galisteo Basin
November 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Baldridge Hall, Montrose United Methodist Church
(at the corner of S. 1st Street and Park Avenue)

Kari Schleher will explore how pottery production, use, and distribution can be used as a tool to understand social relationships in the past. In this talk, she will use two case studies of Ancestral Pueblo pottery production, a Basketmaker III period (A.D. 500-750) community in the  Central Mesa Verde region of Colorado and a Pueblo IV period (A.D. 1300-1600) in the Galisteo Basin of north-central New Mexico, to explore how pottery can be used to understand how learning is organized in these different communities. 

Kari Schleher (Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2010) is the Laboratory Manager at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Kari is interested in social relationships as a means of understanding connections between individuals and communities in the past. Using pottery analysis as a tool, Kari’s research into production and distribution allows exploration of these past social relationships. At Crow Canyon she runs the lab, which includes designing and implementing artifacts analysis, as well as grant and report writing. Kari teaches artifact analysis to students and adults in Crow Canyon programs. She was the lab director for the University of New Mexico’s Chaco Stratigraphy Project at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in 2006 and was the principal investigator for archaeological ceramic analysis projects through Schleher Archaeological Consultants in Albuquerque. She is the author or co-author of a number of journal articles and edited volume chapters, including three chapters in Potters and Communities  of Practice: Glaze Paint and Polychrome Pottery in the American Southwest, A.D. 1250-1700 and articles in the Journal of Archaeological Science and Kiva, as well as numerous cultural  resource management report chapters. She is co-editor, with Dr. Ann Ramenofsky, of The Archaeology and History of Pueblo San Marcos, that is available as of November 15th, 2017 (University of New Mexico Press).