Was there a turquoise trail? Tracing the mining and exchange of turquoise in southwestern North America

Was there a turquoise trail? Tracing the mining and exchange of turquoise in southwestern North America

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

 A presentation by Dr. Alyson Thibodeau, associate professor of Earth Sciences at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Arizona time, via Zoom
Free and open to all

Turquoise is an iconic mineral of the American Southwest, where it is found in relative abundance and has been mined and used by humans for millennia. This presentation will consider what the archaeological record can tell us about mining, procurement, and exchange of turquoise by ancient peoples living in the Southwest and how geochemical measurements provide new insights into the sources of turquoise artifacts. Special attention will be given to the turquoise mines of the Cerrillos Hills, New Mexico and to the question of whether turquoise from the Southwest was traded to Mesoamerica. 

Alyson Thibodeau is an associate professor of Earth Sciences at Dickinson College and holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona. Since 2004, she has been pursuing research at the intersection of the geological and archaeological sciences, with a focus on using geochemical measurements to trace the origins of minerals, metals, and pigments from the archaeological record. She has worked extensively on questions related to the provenance of turquoise objects in the American Southwest and Mexico. 

This program is brought to you by the Friends of the ASM Collecitons.

Event Contacts

Darlene Lizarraga