Patricia L. Crown

UNM Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Patricia L. Crown will lecture on "Chocolate Consumption, Exchange and Ritual in the American Southwest" on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Maxwell Museum.  The lecture is free and the public is welcome. A reception will follow.

Chocolate is popular in the modern American Southwest but its archaeological story has only recently been revealed.  Evidence of cacao residues discovered in ceramics from Chaco Canyon raises questions about how and when populations in the American Southwest acquired chocolate, how it was obtained from the tropical areas where cacao grows, and how populations incorporated cacao into their lives. Crown will present new evidence to support her groundbreaking research.

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