Preucel discusses Native Americans

Alessandro Roco

Professor Robert Preucel is the Associate Curator of North American archaeology at the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology of the University of Pennsylvania. On Wednesday night, Preucel spoke at the lecture series, “Before, Beyond, and Becoming: Anthropology: The Story of Humanity”. In his discussion, entitled “Native North Americans and America,” Preucel talked about his study of the indigenous people and cultures of North America, with a special focus on the Puebloan peoples of the American Southwest. Over the course of his extensive career, Preucel’s work has involved him exploring settlement change among ancestral Puebloan communities on the Pajarito Plateau, New Mexico using a model of succession borrowed from human geography. Using this work as a baseline, he went on to evaluate the significance of dual residence as a key component to the colonization process.