Chaco and Chocolate
January 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) presents a virtual book talk (FREE and open to the public, hosted online) with the editor and contributors of the new UNM Press publication, The House of the Cylinder Jars.
Largely written during archaeologist Patricia L. Crown’s 2019 Weatherhead resident scholar fellowship at SAR, the book recounts archaeological excavations led by Crown and her team at Pueblo Bonito’s famed Room 28 in Chaco Canyon in 2013. It brings to light several decades of research and describes the ritual termination by fire of the ceramic cylinder jars in the room. Contributors also offer a modern interpretation of the construction and depositional histories of surrounding spaces at Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon.
Originally excavated in 1896 by the Hyde Exploring Expedition, Room 28 became well-known in the field for the 174 whole ceramic vessels held within the room. Many of these works, identifiable by tall cylindrical shape, some with distinct painted surfaces, are now held in museum collections across the nation (including one at SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center). Crown and her team were able to reopen Room 28 after she and Jeffrey Hurst, of Hershey Foods Corporation, discovered residues of chocolate in several jar fragments from Pueblo Bonito in 2009. Their research revealed the first evidence of chocolate in the Southwest and possibly linked Chacoan rituals surrounding cacao use to Mesoamerica.
Watch a short video about Dr. Crown and her work: https://youtu.be/_oG_EoBjbIM
Learn more and register: http://sarsf.info/