Chimney Rock offers special lecture tonight

By Nadia Werby
Special to The PREVIEW

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is proud to present a special presentation titled “Ancestral Pueblo Kiva Production during the Chaco and Post-Chaco Periods in the Northern Southwest” by Dr. Susan C. Ryan on Thursday, March 13.

The lecture is free of charge and will take place from 7-8 p.m. following CRIA’s monthly potluck at 6 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

Dr. Susan Ryan (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is the director of archaeology at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and has worked at Crow Canyon since 1998. She co-directed the Shields Pueblo project from 1998-2000 and was project director of the Albert Porter Pueblo excavation project from 2001-2004. Susan’s research interests include the nature and extent of Chacoan influence in the northern Southwest, the A.D. 1130-1180 drought, and the built environment. She is the author of several journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes.

The public is invited to join CRIA for their monthly potluck preceding the lecture at 6 p.m. Please bring your favorite dish to share and join our volunteers to learn more about this nonprofit organization that operates the interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument.

CRIA operates in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest. For more information about volunteering at Chimney Rock National Monument, please join us at the CRIA open house on March 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Quality Resort, call 731-7133 or visit

This story was posted on March 13, 2014.