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Borderlands: Collision and Coalescence in the Culture History of Southeast Utah

  • 22 Apr 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Zoom online presentation
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This month we are pleased to welcome archaeologist R.E. Burrillo who will present “Borderlands: Collision and Coalescence in the Culture History of Southeast Utah.”  Ralph is an engaging speaker, and his talk will focus on the concept of how the Bears Ears area of San Juan County has been a "melting pot" or cultural crucible for the past 13,000 years or so. representing a peripheral zone to the heartlands of cultural occupation areas throughout its history. This is reflected in its lithic artifacts, ceramic styles, architectural styles, clothing, and rock art. This is a major theme of his recent book Behind the Bears Ears: Exploring the Cultural and Natural Histories of a Sacred Landscape published by Torrey House Press.

As an archeologist, Ralph’s work has primarily focused on general Southwest prehistory, prehistoric settlement and agriculture in the Bears Ears area of southeast Utah. He has written extensively on the Bears Ears area with recent articles published in several leading archaeological magazines, including Archaeology Southwest Magazine, The Archaeological Record, and Kiva: The Journal of Southwest Anthropology and History. He is currently working as a project director for PaleoWest Archaeology in Phoenix Arizona.


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