Mesa Verde National Park with Marc Callis

Mesa Verde National Park with Marc Callis


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Within the natural alcoves that dot the sides of a hauntingly majestic mesa rising out of the semi-deserts of Southwestern Colorado, lie the ruins of Mesa Verde. Together with a historian, this seminar will explore one of the most historically significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States.
Situated precariously on near-perpendicular rock walls, Mesa Verde’s ruins have enchanted locals and travelers alike for centuries. In this conversation, we will discover an ancient settlement which constitutes one of only eleven culturally-based UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the USA, and which dates back to a time when the grandson of Genghis Khan still ruled China, and the Arthurian romances were the latest literary craze in Europe.
We will discuss the Mesa Verdeans’ art and architecture and explore why they chose to build grandiose structures such as the renowned Cliff Palace on sheer cliff faces hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. We will also investigate where the people who built these masterworks of Southwestern civilization came from, and where they went – most especially why, after having built such magnificent structures without beasts of burden or even metal tools, they decided to live elsewhere and leave it all behind.
Led by a historian and archaeologist, Marc Callis, this interactive seminar will introduce participants to the wonder of Mesa Verde National Park. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the history, art, and architecture of this important site.

Trained as a historian and archaeologist, Marc has worked at history museums and community colleges all over the US. His historical interests, which have led him to author numerous historical articles, academic and popular, for publications in the US and Europe, range from architectural history, to the Spanish Empire, to Mesoamerica and the pre-Hispanic North American Southwest. His current historical project is a book about the Presidio (i.e., old Spanish fort) San Agustin del Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, Marc likes to shoot photographs, paint, build models, and write cosmicist fantasy in the tradition of HP Lovecraft. In 2017 he published his first collection of stories and novellas entitled "The Esoteric Order of Dagon."

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Brenda Izzi (Torrance, US)
A Terrific Discussion

What a wonderful lecture! Well paced and easy to follow. This was by far the best educational session I have heard related to the Mesa Verde area and the people who inhabited the area.

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Sally H (New York, US)

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Sandra S -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Interesting Overview of the Archaeology of the Four Corners Area

This was an extensive look at the evolution of the peoples who inhabited the Mesa Verde area and surroundings including when and why they settled there and why they abandoned the area. I found it helpful to learn about how we have come to know the approximate time that such dwellings on the cliff were identified (tree ring examination). The photos of the excavations and current appearance of the sites enhanced the program. Diagrams and sketches explained the possible look of the sites. Further explanation about the baskets and pottery were interesting. Since I had visited Mesa Verde a few years ago, it was particularly appropriate. I now understand more!

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MW (Oceanside, US)
Fascinating!

Excellent presentation, I learned so much. Marc was very detailed and knowledgable. My favorite part was the ecological interplay between the corn, beans, and squash.

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Anonymous (Campbell, US)

Mr. Callis did a great job. His comments were scholarly, his pictures and diagrams were excellent, and he answered our questions conscientiously.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
78%
(7)
22%
(2)
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Brenda Izzi (Torrance, US)
A Terrific Discussion

What a wonderful lecture! Well paced and easy to follow. This was by far the best educational session I have heard related to the Mesa Verde area and the people who inhabited the area.

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Sally H (New York, US)

Guest did not leave comment

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Sandra S -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Interesting Overview of the Archaeology of the Four Corners Area

This was an extensive look at the evolution of the peoples who inhabited the Mesa Verde area and surroundings including when and why they settled there and why they abandoned the area. I found it helpful to learn about how we have come to know the approximate time that such dwellings on the cliff were identified (tree ring examination). The photos of the excavations and current appearance of the sites enhanced the program. Diagrams and sketches explained the possible look of the sites. Further explanation about the baskets and pottery were interesting. Since I had visited Mesa Verde a few years ago, it was particularly appropriate. I now understand more!

M
MW (Oceanside, US)
Fascinating!

Excellent presentation, I learned so much. Marc was very detailed and knowledgable. My favorite part was the ecological interplay between the corn, beans, and squash.

A
Anonymous (Campbell, US)

Mr. Callis did a great job. His comments were scholarly, his pictures and diagrams were excellent, and he answered our questions conscientiously.