[click "Play" to hear Susan's conversation with Dr. Scott Ortman]
On Tuesday, December 8, 6 – 8 p.m., the lecture series, Telluride Unearthed, continues at the Telluride Historical Museum. The speaker is Dr. Scott Ortman on the subject of “Archaeology, Oral Tradition, and the Mesa Verde Migration.” Ortman is currently Director of Research and Education at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
Ortman picks up where his Crow Canyon colleague, Dr. Mark Varian, left off on December 1. Varian’s overview, “Life is Movement: Pueblo Indians of the Mesa Verde Region,” began about 2,000 B.C. Ortman focuses on two of the longest-running debates in North American archaeology: the famous abandonment of the Mesa Verde region in the 13th century, and the relationship between ancient Mesa Verde peoples and the present-day Pueblo peoples of New Mexico.
For clues as to where Ortman comes out in the debate, click the “play” button and listen to his podcast.