UNLV Anthropology Lecture - Rough-Hewn Rocks and Pretty Pottery: Making Sense of Mimbres Material Culture at the Elk Ridge Site


Mar. 20, 2023, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 212 or virtual


Experts will discuss recent research at the Elk Ridge archaeological site. The Elk Ridge site is a Mimbres Classic pueblo village located at the north end of the Mimbres Valley in southwestern New Mexico. UNLV excavations directed by Dr. Barbara Roth have investigated a number of pueblo rooms at the site to understand the structure and composition of Mimbres social units, with an emphasis on social change and group interaction. Artifacts and archaeological features from Elk Ridge are an important part of several UNLV thesis and dissertation projects, as well as part of ongoing research on data collected from the site. This proseminar talk focuses on ceramic artifacts and lithic debitage and tools recovered from Elk Ridge during the 2015-18 field seasons. These examples of Mimbres material culture provide information on social identity, artifact style, and technological practices of past Mimbres people.

Admission Information

This event is open to the public. Please join us in-person or attend virtually via Webex.

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
Matthew Montalto