Archaeocafé Podcast – Episode 6 – Rebel archaeology: An interview with Lewis Borck

hosted by Otis Crandell

In this episode, I talk with Lewis Borck about his research on the Gallina culture and the Ancestral Puebloans in general, as well as the Puebloan Rebels of the Southwest field project.

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Some useful terminology and links

Puebloan Rebels of the Southwest project
This project explores the Gallina culture. It project seeks to examine differential expressions of political and social organization in the North American Southwest by exploring divergent architectural patterns at a regional scale.

a group of Ancestral Pueblo rebels during the pre-Hispanic period in the American Southwest who resisted elites and inequality from A.D. 1100-1300.

Chaco Canyon
Between AD 900 and 1150, Chaco Canyon was a major center of culture for the Ancestral Puebloans.

Ancestral Puebloans
An ancient Native American culture that spanned the present-day Four Corners region of the United States. They lived in a range of structures that included small family pit houses, larger structures to house clans, grand pueblos, and cliff-sited dwellings for defense. They possessed a complex network that stretched across the Colorado Plateau linking hundreds of communities and population centers. They held a distinct knowledge of celestial sciences that found form in their architecture.

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About Lewis Borck

Dr. Borck is a researcher at the Missouri University Research Reactor in the archaeometry group. His research focuses on examining how social movements shaped religion and politics through time. He is interested in combining theories on decentralized social organization with standard archaeological, historical, and anthropological theories of historical change, and has applied these theoretical and methodological interests to the Gallina region of the prehispanic North American Southwest to understand issues of violence as well as resistance to the increasingly hierarchical religious and political situation in the late Chaco landscape and throughout the Mesa Verde region. He runs the Puebloan Rebels of the Southwest field project and field school. In August, Dr. Borck will start work as a professor at the New Mexico Highlands University.





“Nothing shocks me. I’m a Scientist.”
— Indiana Jones
(Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. 1984)



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