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New book from Crow Canyon’s Kari Schleher wins ‘Best of 2018’ award

Work focuses on San Marcos Pueblo

A new book by Kari Schleher, of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, has been named one of the best of 2018.

The Archaeology and History of Pueblo San Marcos (University of New Mexico Press), co-edited by Schleher and University of New Mexico Professor Emerita of Anthropology Ann Ramenofsky, has been given the “Best 2018 Anthropology/Archaeology Book” award by The New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

Schleher and Ramenofsky’s book looks at the archaeological and historical background of San Marcos Pueblo through the time of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 against the Spanish colonizers. San Marcos Pueblo was one of the major social, political and economic hubs in the Pueblo world before the Spanish arrived in the American Southwest in the 16th century.

“The book explores possible changes in Pueblo social organization, examines population changes during the occupation and delineates aspects of Pueblo/Spanish interaction that occurred with the Spaniards’ intrusion into the colony and especially the Galisteo Basin,” Crow Canyon media specialist Jason Vaughn said in a news release.

Schleher, who earned her doctoral degree from the University of New Mexico in 2010, is the laboratory manager for Crow Canyon.

“Her incredible expertise in artifact analysis has been vital to many of Crow Canyon’s research projects – including the Center’s current project, the Northern Chaco Outliers Project,” Vaughn said.