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April 3: Chocolate, parrots and social interaction
March 28, 2017

PULLMAN, Wash. – The importance of cacao and macaws in trade and ritual in the ancient Southwest will be discussed by a visiting anthropologist at 4:10 p.m. Monday, April 3, in Todd Hall 130.

Researchers link climate changes, Pueblo social disruption
April 1, 2016

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – The heavily studied yet largely unexplained disappearance of ancestral Pueblo people from southwest Colorado is “the most vexing and persistent question in Southwestern archaeology,” according to the New York Times.

But it’s not all that unique, say Washington State University scientists.

Localized climate change contributed to ancient depopulation
December 4, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

puebloPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have detailed the role of localized climate change in one of the great mysteries of North American archaeology: the depopulation of southwest Colorado by ancestral Pueblo people in the late 1200s.

WSU researchers see violent era in ancient Southwest
August 4, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

KohlerPULLMAN, Wash. – It’s a given that, in numbers terms, the 20th century was the most violent in world history, with civil wars, purges and two world wars killing as many as 200 million people.

Ancient baby boom holds a lesson in over-population
June 30, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Koehler-80PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have sketched out one of the greatest baby booms in North American history, a centuries-long “growth blip” among southwestern Native Americans between 500 and 1300 A.D.

WSU Press releases book on leader in southwest archaeology
October 30, 2006

PULLMAN — Washington State University Press recently released “Tracking Ancient Footsteps: William D. Lipe’s Contributions to Public and Southwest Archaeology”. Archaeologists, including William D. Lipe, have spent decades unraveling the mystery of why tens of thousands of ancestral Pueblo Indians abandoned their communities around 1300 A.D. to move to areas far to the south and southeast. Colleagues who worked and interacted with him share their experiences in the book and chronicle a life devoted to understanding the human past.  In the book, contributors recall how, as a graduate student in the late 1950’s, Lipe headed an archaeological team at Glen Canyon in southeastern Utah, just … » More …