Accumulating Identities in “Trash”: Examining Depositional Patterns within Ancestral Pueblo Villages

presented by Dr. Samantha Fladd (CU-Museum of Nat’l History)

While often overlooked as “trash,” the materials that accumulate in archaeological sites can signify intentional decisions demarcating relationships within a community and ties to architectural settings. In particular, the ways in which architectural spaces were prepared, altered, and decommissioned or closed through the placement of materials (objects and sediment) can reveal important cultural traditions and enduring relationships within and beyond the structures themselves. In this lecture, I discuss how reorienting our view of “trash” can reveal important aspects of identity in the archaeological record of the Ancestral Puebloan culture.

Dial-In Information

All lectures will be held as Zoom webinars in collaboration with the CU Boulder Museum of Natural History from 7:00-8:00 pm MT.

Zoom link: TBD

Feel free to contact our society’s president, Dr. Sarah James (, with any questions or concerns.

Wednesday, May 5 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Lecture/Presentation, Virtual


Arts & Culture


Students, Faculty, General Public

College, School & Unit

Arts & Sciences


Anthropology, archaeology, CU Museum of Natural History, CU Department of Anthropology



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