Links are available for you to watch these recorded lectures online.


The Interpretation of Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art  

A talk by Dr. Severin Fowles

The Interpretation of Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art, a talk by Dr. Severin Fowles

In this presentation, Dr. Fowles will consider a stunning revolution in image

production that unfolded in the American Southwest after about 4,000 years ago,

hand-in-hand with the spread of agriculture. As decades of research has

demonstrated, farmers produced fundamentally different sorts of images than

the hunter-gatherers who preceded them. Through an analysis of the rock art of

northern New Mexico, Fowles seeks to clarify this difference, to define the ways

in which it was revolutionary, and to offer a general account of the relationship

between image production and agricultural production.

I hope you will enjoy this presentation generously provided by Dr. Fowles and

School for Advanced Research (SAR).

Use this link to open and enjoy his lecture.  Rock Art Interpretation


Rock Art and Pueblo Shields: Symbolism and Change

Presented by Polly Schaafsma

Pueblo shields are a spectacular component of the pre-Hispanic rock art in the northern Rio Grande valley, including at Mesa Prieta, where they are found in large numbers. Focusing on their associated symbolism and functions in the landscape, brief comparisons will be made with historic shields, and the significance of the observed iconographic continuities and changes will be discussed.
Please enjoy this YouTube link to Polly’s webinar, “Rock Art and Pueblo Shields: Symbolism and Change” generously provided by Polly Schaafsma, and The School for Advanced Research (SAR) partnered with the Mesa Prieta Project. The first 10 minutes will be a talk given by Katherine Wells, founder of the

Mesa Prieta Project.

Polly Schaafsma is an American archaeologist, best known for her publications

on Native American rock art. Ms. Schaafsma is a research associate in the 

Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She and her husband, anthropologist Curtis F. Schaafsma, have published

research on the origins of the prehistoric Katchina cult in what became the

Southwest USA.  Ms. Schaafsma is a frequent lecturer and instructor at rock

art field seminars for the School for Advanced Research, the Museum of New

Mexico, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and elsewhere. In 2008, Schaafsma received the Klaus Wellmann Memorial Award from the American Rock Art Research Association.

Use this link to open and enjoy her lecture.  Pueblo Shields