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Lekson, this year's Distinguished Explorer, continues Logan's connection to Southwest

January 30, 2011


The Logan Museum of Anthropology has had a long connection to the American Southwest. From its founding collections in 1893 to its annual archaeological field schools in the 1930s, and from its collections of Southwestern baskets, pottery, and textiles to its current student-curated exhibit on turquoise jewelry, the museum has always provided opportunities to learn about ancient and current cultures of this fascinating region.

RCA postNow, the Logan Museum is pleased to join with the Roy Chapman Andrews Society and other partners to host renowned University of Colorado anthropologist Stephen H. Lekson this week for a series of programs about archaeology and Native Americans. The highlight will be a public program and lecture—“The Rhythm of Regional Interaction in the Ancient Southwest”—at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Eaton Chapel. Everyone is invited. At that event Lekson will receive the society’s annual Distinguished Explorer Award.

All college community members also are invited to meet informally with Lekson over lunch between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday in the President’s Dining Room at Commons (in Chapin Hall).

Lekson is an active field archaeologist, directing surveys and excavations throughout the Southwest. As a curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, he also consults with culturally affiliated Native American tribes. Over the decades he has discovered not only ruins and potsherds but also insights into ancient politics. He sees Native American societies in the Southwest a thousand years ago as having complex histories with “governments, kings, and palaces” involved in power struggles, alliances, and mass migrations. Not all archaeologists read the evidence the same way. Still, nobody makes the human past come alive as vividly as Steve Lekson.

For details on Lekson’s visit and links to his research and discoveries, see