About GloH

During A.D. 700-1400, the Greater American Southwest was an explosive laboratory where changing social, cultural, and political ideals were maintained, invented, thrown-out, reused, and contested. As people grappled with how power was controlled and distributed in society, new religious practices and new ideas about community grew from these struggles. It is within these complicated times that revolutions occur. Students participating in the Gallina Landscapes of History project (also called Pueblo Rebels on the Institute for Field Research’s website) will explore the Gallina culture, a group of Ancestral Pueblo rebels in the region who resisted elites and inequality from A.D. 1100-1300. While at this public archaeology field school, students learn excavation, survey and site assessment, artifact analysis and processing, and public outreach. For the public outreach portion students participate in open discussions with stakeholder communities, including the Santa Fe National Forest, about the nature of our fieldwork and its future directions and create a final essay or media project that is shared with a public audience. Previous examples can be found here. Students also travel to nearby sites like Chaco Canyon and San Marcos Pueblo to broadly contextualize the regional history in order to deepen their understanding of how countercultures and neighboring societies interact and change each other.