Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Walking With Time: Ancient and Historic Roads in Archaeological Landscapes

Dr. James E. Snead, California State University, Northridge

​Roads and pathways are prominent features of human landscapes:examining them in the archaeological record, however, presents many challenges. In fact, archaeologists and antiquarians have been interested in ancient roads since the Renaissance, in the process creating a rich historical record that can be used to help modern scholars understand the nature of these features. This presentation introduces the "Walking With Time Project," an effort to integrate history, ethnography, and fieldwork in the cross-cultural study of roads.
 Examples will be drawn from ongoing work on the stone paths of Yap (Micronesia), the roads of Roman Britain, and the famous "roads" of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Dr. Snead was awarded the Ph.D. at UCLA in 1994. He has held numerous fellowships and grants, including funding by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and a postdoctoral appointment at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Current scholarship emphasizes historical archaeology of the 20th century American West, the history of archaeology, and landscape studies of roads, paths, and trails. Recent fieldwork includes examination of sites associated with the 1929 St. Francis Dam disaster in southern California, and documentation of the stone pathways of Yap, Micronesia. 2017 publications include a special issue of the journal Kiva on the archaeology of Chaco Roads, and “The Original Jones Boys: Archaeologies of Race and Place in 19th Century America” (World Archaeology). His book, Relic Hunters: Archaeology and the Public in 19th Century America will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.
Meeting Place
Second Tuesday of every month (no meetings in July and August) at 7:00 pm
Chumash Indian Museum 
3290 Lang Ranch Pkwy Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Ventura County Archeological Society (VCAS) 
P.O. Box 4172 
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359 

   The VCAS/Ventura County Archaeological Society was established in 1972 when concerned Ventura County citizens as well as local professional and avocational archaeologists saw a need to organize, study and preserve our County's rich prehistoric heritage.

  The Society has been instrumental in the implementation of research and preservation goals aimed at our local archaeological resources.  With an eye towards the future the Society has a collections and archival curation program, site recordation and monitoring program, and a continuing education program. 

101 freeway take Westlake Blvd exit, go to North Westlake Blvd 4 miles to Lang Ranch Pkwy, turn right. Museum is on right hand side
VCAS December Program