Archaeology Awareness Month Lecture


In celebration of Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month, Dr. Barbara Mills will present the 23rd Annual George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology sponsored lecture, September 22 at 4:10 p.m. at the Business Auditorium on the University of Wyoming campus. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture will also be streamed via wyocast at A reception will follow the lecture in the Department of Anthropology foyer.

Dr. Mills is a Regents Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and the Curator of Archaeology at the Arizona State Museum. Her talk is titled “From Frontier to Center Place: The Dynamic Trajectory of the Chaco World.”

Dr. Mills has conducted field and laboratory research in several regions of the Southwest (Four Corners, Chaco, Mogollon Rim, Rio Grande, Mimbres, and Zuni areas) as well as Guatemala, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. She was Director of the University of Arizona Archaeological Field School at Pinedale, where she collaborated with the Hopi and White Mountain Apache Tribes. This was followed by a series of NSF-supported projects including the Southwest Social Networks Project, the Chaco Social Networks Project, and her current project, cyberSW.

The Frison Institute Lecture will discuss current research on Chaco that sheds light on the transformation of Chaco Canyon and the creation of the regional ‘Chaco World.’ This research highlights the complementary roles of population growth, migration, social heterogeneity, inequality, ritual craft specialization, and multiscalar social networks.