A Study in Southwestern Archaeology with Steve Lekson

May is Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation month. Join AIA and the CU Museum for a discussion with curator of archaeology Steve Lekson. He will explore his newest book, A Study of Southwestern Archaeology, which argues that, for over a century, southwestern archaeology got the history of the ancient Southwest wrong.

Lekson advocates an entirely new approach, one that separates archaeological thought in the Southwest from its anthropological home and moves to more historical ways of thinking. Focusing on the enigmatic monumental center at Chaco Canyon, the book provides a historical analysis of how Southwest archaeology confined itself, how it can break out of those confines, and how it can proceed into the future. Lekson suggests that by getting the history right, a very different science of the ancient Southwest becomes possible and archaeology can be reinvented as a very different discipline. 

This event will begin at 7 p.m. with an hour lecture and Q&A in Paleontology Hall followed by a book signing at 8 p.m. Book quantities are limited; reserve your copy here.

Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Museum of Natural History (Henderson), Paleontology Hall
1035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309

Event Type

Lecture/Presentation, Community Engagement, Featured Event


Arts & Culture, Gallery & Museum, Research & Innovation


Students, Faculty, General Public

College, School & Unit

Arts & Sciences


Free event; reserve your book for purchase on Eventbrite

CU Museum of Natural History


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