The Friends have offered lectures on a variety of subjects for a number of years.  These lectures benefit from our access to local resources, such as Mary Weahkee showing us how to make turkey feather blankets, and from experts in Pueblo History, Archeology, Pueblo Architecture and much more. 

Most lectures were recorded and are posted on YouTube where they can be viewed at your convenience.  Recorded lectures are described below with  links to the YouTube lecture. 

Links to specific categories: 

New Mexico Archaeology     KUAUA Archaeology      Pueblo Culture      Rock Art

Dating New Mexico Archaeology
Strong Attractions, Warm Glows, and Sizzle
Date:  June 20, 2021

Tying archaeological evidence to calendric time scales requires collaboration. Archaeomagnetic dating uses

the Earth’s magnetic field at past times to date material. Radiocarbon dating is a method to date organic material using the properties of carbon-14. Both science-based dating methods are in use at the Center

for New Mexico Archaeology in Santa Fe. Both laboratories are at the cutting edges of their

disciplines, both serve world interests and both are fun with moments of beauty!​

Dr. Eric Blinman is the director of the Office of Archaeological Studies in Santa Fe. He holds

degrees from UC Berkeley and Washington State University and has been involved in

Southwestern archaeology since 1979. During his tenure, he has provided numerous

outreach programs for New Mexico Historic Sites.​

Shelby Jones will head the archaeomagnetic and radiocarbon dating laboratories at the Office

of Archaeological Studies.  Shewill receive her PhD in geophysics this year and has workedwith

applications of geomagnetism to archaeology since 2013.​

  >Link to recorded lecture: (To be added soon.) 



Rich Friedman can kick Indiana Jones’ butt!!

Date:  May 16, 2021

Rich Friedman’s presentation will include examples of digital data used to identify, map and visualize cultural resources. 

These include GIS, GPS, LiDAR and Photogrammetry with a virtual reconstruction of “Downtown Chaco Canyon.”  There

will be examples of 2D and 3D visualization the 3D “reconstructions” through time of Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl, Pueblo

Alto and Pueblo Del Arroyo from approximately 830 CE to 1250 CE.

Rich Friedman received a BS in Geology from Adams State University but has spent hisprofessional career working in

computer/information technology and archaeology.  He has participated in archaeological projects using Geographic

Information Systems, GPS, photogrammetry, LiDAR and remote sensing with the Navajo Nation, National Park Service and the Solstice Project.

  >Link to recorded lecture: Emerging Technologies 


From Jinete to Soldado de Cuera:
Spanish Light Cavalry in the Medieval & Early Modern Periods, AD 711 to 1848

Date: April 8, 2021

Mathew Barbour, Regional Mgr. Coronodo and Jemez Sites

The Islamic Conquest of the Iberian Peninsula demonstrated the effectiveness of Berber light cavalry.

The Latin Kingdoms of Aragon, Castile and Portugal all copied these troops which they labeled “jinetes.”

The “jinetes” proved pivotal in the Reconquista and were  exported to the New World. On the frontier of

Northern New Spain, they would continue to evolve into the iconic “soldado de cuera” that challenged Native

Americans, and later the United States Government, for control of the American Southwest.


This presentation will examine the Spanish light cavalry tradition from the mayyad Invasion of Spain in 711 to the end of the Mexican American War in 1848.

>Link to recorded lecture: From Jinete to Soldado de Cuera:



"Kuaua in Context: The Architecture of John Gaw Meem in New Mexico"

Rachel Preston Prinz, architectural historian and eductor, The ministry of Architecture

April 11, 2021

Rachel has researched Alexander Girard's work for Meem-led contemporary designs at St. Johns College and

the International Museum of Folk Art. She is a researcher of the Santa Fe Style (whose codification effort was

led by Meem),and is currently researching aspects of Meem's spiritual architecture in preparation for her

upcoming book “The Spirit Seeker's Guide to New Mexico Architecture”.   In this talk, Rachel will discuss

Meem's work and influence in New Mexico, including the design of the Coronado Historic Site’s Visitor Center.

>Link to recorded lecture: The Architecture of John Gaw Meem in New Mexico


With Fire and Sword
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, AD 1569 – 1795

Thursday April 22, 2021

Presented by Mathew Barbour 

While officially established under the Union of Lublin in 1569, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth had its roots in the
marriage of Queen Jadwiga of Poland to King Wladyslaw Jagiello of Lithuania in 1386. 
The ceremony tied the Crown of Poland to the rulers of Lithuania and converted the Lithuanian Nobility to Christianity. “With fire and sword,” the two nations marched across Eastern Europe crushing Cossack, Teutonic Knight, and Turk to create a vast empire.  Explore this multi-ethnic and religiously tolerant nation from its inception to demise. >Link to recorded lecture:  With Fire and Sword


Native American Conquistadors:
The Mesoamerican Conquest of the New World  
February 11, 2021

Presented by Mathew Barbour 

Mesoamerican cultures at the time of the arrival of the Spanish were incredibly advanced. Their military institutions consisted not only of peasant conscripts, but of a professional warrior class. The Spaniards realized this immediately and utilized these forces to great effect in their subjugations of Native Americans throughout the New World. This lecture will explore the role of Mesoamerican Indians in the Spanish colonial enterprise of the 16th and 17th centuries.   >Link to recorded lecture:  Conquistadors

Fascinating Finds:
Seven Bizarre and Extraordinarily Informative Artifacts found behind the Palace of the Governors  
February 25, 2021

Presented by Mathew Barbour

Between 2002 and 2004, the Office of Archaeological Studies performed excavations behind Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors in preparation for the construction of the New Mexico History Museum. This project recovered over 700,000 artifacts, each with a story to tell. Yet, some of these items are -by their very nature- more fascinating than others. Objects, such as an Aztec bowl with the power to cure acne and the slag-lined cupel from Battersea Works in England, have the potential to shed light on lesser known aspects of New Mexico’s often sordid and colorful past.  This presentation will examine seven of the most bizarre artifacts found during the archaeological excavations and the history behind their use and disposal at the Palace of the Governors.  >Link to recorded lecture:  7_Fascinating_Finds


Early Modern Warfare​

The Era of Pike & Shot

 January 14, 2021

Military historians often characterize the 16th and 17th centuries as the “Era of Pike and Shot.” The Spanish were the first to introduce to the battlefield a mixed formation of arquebusiers and pikemen during the Italian Wars. The Dutch and Swedes would go on to perfect this formula until wide-scale adoption of the flintlock musket and bayonet by French and German armies in the late 1600s ushered the era to a close. This presentation will look at the military developments and conflicts which characterized the period.  

>Link to recorded lecture: :  Era of Pike & Shot



Gunpowder Empires: Islam in the 16th and 17th Centuries

 January 28, 2021

The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires are often collectively referred to as the “Gunpowder Empires.” These three Islamic states rose to prominence in the 16th and 17th centuries. Their armies were able to conquer large swaths of the Old World, uniting culturally diverse populations under large centralized bureaucracies. In doing so, the “Gunpowder Empires” set the stage for later developments in the Middle East, Balkans, and Indian Subcontinent. This lecture provides a brief overview of these three Islamic states. 

>Link to recorded lecture: : Gunpowder Empires

New Mexico in the Twentieth Century

Coronado, Onate, and the Mixton War, 1540 - 1542

December 3, 2020

The Mixton War, which occurred between 1540 and 1542, was a rebellion by Native American peoples against the Spanish. It was a brutal war fought on the fringes of what was then northwest New Spain. Few New Mexicans have ever heard of it. Yet, the figures of the war and the events that occurred leading up to it, during it, and in its immediate aftermath factor very heavily in New Mexico’s history. This presentation explores the war in-depth.  >Link to recorded lecture: : Coronado, Onate, and the Mixton War

Urban Archaeology in the Capitol Complex Historic Neighborhood

Thursday, December 17

The Prohibition and Great Depression Eras represent a fascinating point in United States history. Recent archaeological investigations into the Capitol Complex Historic Neighborhood of Santa Fe, New Mexico examined the lives of New Mexico families living at eleven different structures during this period. Cultural materials collected from these investigations were utilized to examine ethnic, socioeconomic, contextual, and temporal differences in consumption and discard patterns among residents of the individual structures and how these differences (or similarities) characterized the neighborhood as a whole.  >Link to recorded lecture: :  Weird Artifacts in the Capitol Complex

New Mexico Central Railway

December 31, 2020

The New Mexico Central Railway, affectionately known to many as the “Bean Line,” was founded as the Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Pacific Railroad in 1900 and was in operation until 1926. Success of the railway was tied to agriculture in the Estancia Basin and to markets in Santa Fe, El Paso, and beyond. Recent archaeological investigations in Santa Fe, the northernmost stop for the New Mexico Central Railway, have unearthed much of the infrastructure which once serviced the line. Examining these archaeological phenomena provides evidence as to the speculative nature of the enterprise and the lack of capital investment which ultimately led to its demise.

 >Link to recorded lecture: New Mexico Central Railway

Histories that Defy Expectations

 Lesser Known and Unexpected Conquistadors

November 12, 2020

Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro are well known for their conquests of the Aztec and Inca Empires. However, the exploits of these men did not occur in a vacuum. Many other conquistadors came before and after them. They included the Portuguese Afonso de Albuquerque in India and the Native American Ixtlilxochitl II in Central America. This presentation will explore some of these lesser known conquistadors and the impacts of their conquests on the early modern era. 


Lecture Series: The U.S. Army in the West

Part l: That Sink of Vice and Extravagance

Matthew Barbour, Regional Manager: Coronado & Jemez Historic Sites

August 20, 2020

Established with the conquest of Santa Fe by General Stephen Watts Kearny on August 18, 1846, the Fort Marcy Military

Reservation served as the military and administrative center for the Territory of New Mexico throughout much of the

nineteenth century. Situated at the junction of three major trade networks—El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Old Spanish Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail—Fort Marcy transformed a preexisting dilapidated Spanish- and Mexican-periods presidio into a symbol of a burgeoning imperial power.

The military post would go on to play an important role in numerous conflicts, including various campaigns against the Navajo, the Taos Revolt of 1847, the American Civil War, and the Spanish American War. >Link to recorded lecture:   Sink of Vice

Excavations conducted in recent years throughout downtown Santa Fe have revealed a plethora of archaeological

finds associated with the military reservation, such as foundations associated with the fort’s structures, plumbing/

sewage systems, and pits filled with kitchen and domestic refuse. Portable artifacts collected in association with

these features consist primarily of imported items such as European and Oriental porcelains, rubber combs,

children’s toys, medicinal products, and lots and lots of liquor bottles. In conjunction with archival research, these

materials have begun to paint a detailed picture of life at the military reservation and for Santa Fe as a whole. Fort

Marcy emerges not simply as a base from which war was conducted, but a testament to changes in regional trade

networks brought by United States control of the American Southwest.  >Link to recorded lecture:  Sink of Vice

Part II:  Battle of Glorieta Pass Confederate Mass Grave, 1862

Thursday, September 3 at 3:30 pm

The Battle of Glorieta Pass is referred to by many as the “Gettysburg of theWest.” Following early

victories by a Confederate Army attempting to conquer New Mexico Territory, the battle represented

a turning point in the war. Destruction of the Confederate supply train by Union forces led to the

retreat of the Confederate Army south, never to threaten Union supremacy in the American West again.

In 1987 while building his house, a New Mexico resident unearthed a Confederate mass grave associated

with the battle. This presentation examines the archaeological and forensic findings associated with the

soldiers buried therein.   >Link to recorded lecture: Glorieta Pass

Part III:  Fort Sumner and the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation, 1862 - 1869

September 17, 2020

Fort Sumner was established in 1862 to enforce the confinement of rebellious Indian populations at the

newly minted Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation, on the Pecos River. Colonel Christopher “Kit” Carson

brought approximately 400 Mescalero Apaches and 7,000 Navajo people to Bosque Redondo.  However,

widespread pneumonia and dysentery resulted in the death of roughly a quarter of the population. In

November 1865, the Mescalero fled the reservation, but the Navajos remained until permitted to return

home under the terms of the Treaty of Bosque Redondo in June 1868. Deemed an absolute failure, the post 

was abandoned by the US Army in 1869. This is the tale of one of America’s most notorious concentration camps.

 >Link to recorded lecture:   Fort Sumner



First Contact: The Taino & Their Legacy
October 1 at 3:30 pm


The Taino of the Caribbean were the first Native American people to encounter Spanish explorers.

Historical accounts and the archaeological record indicate a dynamic culture rich with artistic

and religious expression and ideally suited for life among the islands. This lecture will provide an

overview of the Taino, examine their acts of accommodation and resistance to colonization, and

explore how their legacy has-and continues to influence peoples and cultures around the world.


 >Link to recorded lecture:  First Contact

The Era of Late Antiquity

October 15 at 3:30 pm

Late Antiquity is a term used to characterize Europe, the Mediterranean, and Near East  between the 3rd and 8th

centuries AD. This era was a time of profound cultural, political, military, and religious change as old empires

evolved and new ethnic groups emerged to reshape the historical narrative. The lecture will provide a broad

overview of the period examining the decline of the Roman Empire and the rise of Islam. 

 >Link to recorded lecture: Era of Late Antiquity



The Portuguese Empire 1415 – 1668

By Matthew J. Barbour   

Link:  Portuguese Empire


An Archaeological Perspective of Hunting in New Mexico

Hunting has always played a pivotal role in Native American subsistence and culture.  While much is made of the mega-fauna hunters of the Paleo-Indian Period, later agriculturalists created their own specialized hunting practices. This presentation explores the archaeology and history of hunting in New Mexico from the arrival of hunters and gatherers to the twenty-first century.    >
Link:  Hunting

Corn and Cotton: Archaic Life along Mimbres River

In 2011, the Office of Archaeological Studies conducted data recovery on an archaeological site along the Mimbres River, just north of Deming, New Mexico. These efforts resulted in the documentation of 25 features and the collection of 2,091 artifacts and samples. Analytical results suggest that principal occupation of the site occurred during the Late Archaic/Early Agricultural Period with an emphasis on corn and cotton production. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the archaeological investigations while substantiating and improving our knowledge of early human habitation in the Mimbres Basin.  >
Link: Corn and Cotton

History of Jemez Province

Located along the southern flanks of the Jemez Mountains, the Hemish of Jemez Pueblo have always represented a distinct cultural group among the Pueblo peoples of the Rio Grande. Unlike their Keres neighbors who congregated in large farming communities along major rivers and produced distinct polychrome pottery, the Hemish historically lived in much more dispersed settlements high atop forested mesas and away from permanent water sources. They relied heavily on rainfall to sustain their agriculture and continued the manufacture of black on white pottery long after the practice was abandoned by other Puebloan groups. This presentation explores the unique history of the Hemish from their migration into the region in the 1200s to the present day.  >

Link:   Jemez Province

Agricultural Ingenuity & Expertise of the Jemez People

The Jemez Mountains with its forested slopes, narrow valleys, and rocky crags appear at first glance unsuitable for cultivation. Yet, some of the earliest evidence of maize (corn) in New Mexico is found there and a Spanish account from 1583 estimates that this rugged terrain may have produced an agricultural yield large enough to support a population of as many as 30,000 people. All Pueblo Peoples were masterful farmers, but the agricultural practices of the Jemez People are nothing short of extraordinary. This presentation will examine agriculture in the Jemez Mountains from its beginnings in the Archaic Period to its collapse in the eighteenth century.

Link: Agricultural Ingenuity

Religion and Rebellion in 17th Century New Mexico

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 did not occur in a vacuum. It represents the nexus in a broader century of religious and political conflict between the Spanish and Native Americans in New Mexico. This presentation will discuss the arrival of the Franciscan missionaries and the impacts Catholicism had on Pueblo culture resulting in both conflict and accommodation. Underlying these interactions is a lesson of tolerance, which remains relevant to this day.

>Link to recorded lecture:  Religion and Rebellion in 17th Century


Si Eres Genízaro: Race, Indigeneity, and Belonging in Northern New Mexico 

with Dr. Gregorio Gonzales, Courtesy of Mr. Gonzales and SAR (School of Advanced Research)

In this presentation, Gregorio Gonzales examines the politics of racialization, representation, and subject formation in northern New Mexico and the U.S. Southwest Borderlands through an anthropological study of Genízaro identity in the Chama and Taos valleys.

Gregorio Gonzales is Genízaro and Comanche from the borderlands of Comanchería and Genízaro country in northern New Mexico. He is currently the 2019-2020 Riley Scholar-in-Residence in Anthropology and Southwest Studies at Colorado College.

Link:  Genizaro


"A Social Diagnosis and Prognosis for COVID-19" 

with James A. Trostle

In this online salon, James A. Trostle, the

Scott M. Johnson ’97 Distinguished

Professor of Anthropology, Trinity

College (Hartford, CT) and SAR

Weatherhead Resident Scholar, will

consider the social dimensions of

COVID-19 and their relationship to the pandemic’s

epidemiological characteristics. Among the issues

he discusses are the pandemic’s likely long-term

social effects and changing attitudes toward the risk of infection.

Use this link to open his program:  Diagnosis-Prognosis 

Use this link to access and download Dr. Trostle's handout.  Trostle Handout 

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