December 1, 2010 — Gwinn Vivian, curator emeritus of the Arizona State Museum, will speak on "Interpreting Chaco: Levels of Knowledge and Sense of Place" on Dec. 3, as part of a celebration of the University of Virginia's Chaco Research Archive.
The talk is at 1 p.m. in Brooks Hall Commons, with a reception to follow.
Vivian is a second-generation archaeologist who has studied New Mexico's Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was the center of civilization for the ancestors of today’s Pueblo and Navajo people from about 850 to 1250 A.D.
The Chaco Research Archive pulls together hundreds of years of archaeology and scholarship from a dozen different institutions online and provides advanced tools that allow researchers to delve into findings from the magnificent "great houses" of the canyon and surrounding area. The digital archive is celebrating recently unveiled enhancements, including a new name, a new design with new tools for better access to its resources and an expansion that almost doubles the information housed there.