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CANCELLED – 4th Annual MSU Archaeology Alumni & Friends Distinguished Lecture – Dr. Barbara Mills (University of Arizona)

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Please join us for the 4th Annual MSU Archaeology Alumni & Friends Distinguished Lecture

This year’s distinguished lecture will be given by Dr. Barbara Mills, Regent’s Professor of Anthropology, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona.

Are We Living in the Age of Migration? A Deep-time Perspective from Southwest Archaeology on Past, Present, and Future Population Movements

It is common to hear that we are living in an age of unprecedented migration. While there is no question that the number of people on the move is at an all-time high, migration scholars point out that many past population movements encompassed a higher proportion of their total population size than present-day examples. The study of migration histories through archaeology is one way to understand the scale and impact of long-term movement. In this talk I will focus on one of the most well-documented periods of population displacement in the U.S. Southwest. Between AD 1200 to the arrival of the Spanish in the mid-sixteenth century, archaeologists working in the Southwest have identified multiple large-scale migrations or diasporas, including the complete depopulation of the Four Corners and many other subareas. I provide an overview of this movement, the diversity of causes, and what made for successful migration such as the extent of their prior social networks, technological skills, and the creation of new social and religious institutions. I will argue that by looking at the causes and consequences of past migrations we are better poised to understand present and future migrations.

This year’s distinguished lecture will be held on March 26th from 5:30-6:30 in 115 International Center

Dr. Barbara J. Mills is Regents Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, where she also holds appointments as Curator of Archaeology in the Arizona State Museum and member of the American Indian Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. She received her A.B. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She has conducted field and laboratory work in several areas of the U.S. Southwest, including the Four Corners, Chaco, Zuni, Mimbres, and Mogollon Rim areas. In addition, Professor Mills has conducted archaeological research in Guatemala (Postclassic), Kazahkstan (Bronze Age), and Turkey (Neolithic). She directed a long-term field project in the Mogollon Rim area, Arizona, in collaboration with the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service. More recently she has collaborated on several National Science Foundation funded projects to construct large-scale synthetic databases and apply social network analysis to archaeological data from the U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico. This ongoing project continues her interests in looking at the dynamics of social relations from a multiscalar perspective to address migration, identity, and ideology in the past. She is the author or editor of nine books and over 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Professor Mills is the recipient of the Society for American Archaeology’s Excellence in Archaeological Analysis Award for her ceramics research, the Gordon Willey Award for best archaeological paper in American Anthropologist, and was selected as the Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecturer by the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association.


March 26
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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International Center: CIP 115