Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor Patricia Crown Dicusses Chocolate with SAR

Departmental News

Posted:  Jul 27, 2020 - 12:00pm

How do we deepen our understanding of humankind while we are "social distancing"? One way is through making continued connections. The  School for Advanced Research  recently sat down to talk with our 2019-2020 Weatherhead Fellow, Dr. Patricia "Patty" Crown, about the impact of her work to understand the unusual cylinder-shaped drinking vessels excavated at Chaco Canyon and the ritual practices with which they may have been associated.

"When you talk about chocolate, it's something that people understand. They know what it tastes like. They know what it would have tasted like in the past. There is a connection there that helps people feel closer to the past, recognizing that there is a huge diversity of people doing different things in the present and in the past, but that there are these points at which we connect. Chocolate, oddly enough, it's one of them."  Patricia Crown, Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor

In this SAR IMPACTS Video you will see not only how Patty Crown’s study of cylinder jars at Chaco Canyon has brought to light the similarities of drinking practices across cultures, but also how it has revealed the interconnectedness of the Chacoan world with distant regions and peoples.