Chaco Archaeoastronomy: The Sun and Moon in the Ancient Pueblo World (Lecture and Booksigning)
Did the exquisite masonry architecture of the monumental buildings in and around Chaco Canyon have a deeper meaning to the people who built them? What role did the Sun and Moon play in the cultural understandings in this ancient metropolis around 1100 CE? Ron will present evidence of building and rock art alignments that suggests an ancestral pueblo comprehension level that is similar to the way in which modern scientists understand orbital dynamics and the interaction of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.
Moon Tracks will be available for purchase at NatureWorks between 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. before the lecture. Ron will be available to sign books after the lecture.
Ron Sutcliffe has been studying and teaching ancient astronomy and naked-eye lunar phenomena in the Southwest since 1993. He is an affiliate professor with Northern Arizona University and has been a guest lecturer or adjunct professor at Colorado College, Fort Lewis College, Crow Canyon Archaeological Area and Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute. Ron has served as an Interpretive Ranger at Chaco Culture National Historic Park and Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in southern Colorado. He is the author of Moon Tracks, which deals with the movements of the moon as observed from a horizon-based perspective.
NM Museum Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|