Fire and Water: The Ethnoarchaeology of Hearths and Wells


Start Date: Sep 03, 2021 - 02:00pm

Location: Presented via Zoom

Dr. Russell Greaves will present his talk  Fire and Water: The Ethnoarchaeology of Hearths and Wells on Friday, September 3 at 2 pm as part of the 2021 Fall Anthropology Colloquia Speaker Series.  You can access the talk here You can obtain the passcode by emailling Dr. Ian Wallace at

Dr. Greaves is the Director of the Office of Contract Archeology with over 39 years of archaeological research and cultural resource management experience. He has worked primarily in the American Southwest, Great Plains, Texas, and Great Basin regions, in addition to other areas. Rusty has performed CRM and research archaeology of an array of Paleoindian, Archaic, and Late Prehistoric archaeological records. He has worked on many historic-period Native American, Spanish, Hispanic, European, and African-American sites. Dr. Greaves has experience with hunter-gatherer, small scale agricultural, and complex society archaeology. He has significant experience in a range of innovative survey, excavation, and analytic methods in geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, and paleoethnobotany, and has extensive archival and museum research experience. Dr. Greaves has also performed ethnoarchaeological investigations in New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, Venezuela, and Mexico. Rusty maintains active ethnoarchaeological research interests, especially in relation to ongoing investigations among Yucatec subsistence Maya agriculturalists and extensive research with mobile Savanna Pumé hunter-gatherers of the Orinoco Plains. Dr. Greaves is a Research Associate of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of Harvard University and a Consulting Scholar in the American Section of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.

Hosted by the UNM Department of Anthropology, the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, and the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) the Department Colloquia Speaker Series will continue this semester.  Talks from this years series are available on our You Tube for your viewing.

Upcoming talks include:

9/17  Dr. Joseph Aguilar (San Ildelfonso Pueblo)

9/24  Dr. David Groenfeldt (The Water Ethics Institute, Santa Fe)

10/1  Dr. Amy Lu (Stonybrook)

10/22  Sarah Leiter, New Mexico Folklore Scholar Award (UNM Anthropology)

11/5  Dr. Dimitri Brown (School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe)

11/19 Dr. Matthew Schmader (UNM Anthropology)

12/3 Dr. Evelyn Jagoda (Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT)