E Charles Adams
- Curator, Archaeology
- Professor, Anthropology
Received PhD in anthropology with specialization in archaeology from University of Colorado, Boulder in 1975. Dissertation focused on settlement strategies employed by early Pueblo goups in eastern San Juan River region of Southwest Colorado. From 1975-1982 worked for Museum of Northern Arizona directing Walpi Archaeological Project, which focused on excavation and restoration of First Mesa Hopi Pueblo of Walpi. From 1983-85 was Director of Research for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in southwest Colorado. Crow Canyon involves the public in its research programs with specific programs for high school students and adults. Initiated survey and excavation programs for Crow Canyon. From 1985-present I have directed the Homol'ovi Research Program for Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona. This program focuses on research in the central Little Colorado River valley mostly related to ancestral Hopi communities dating 1260-1400. This program has trained 100s of students and involved 100s of volunteers during its 30-year existence. Numerous publication by staff and students plus posters and exhibits, and more than 25 theses and dissertations have been the products of the research.
- Ph.D. Anthropology
- University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
- Causes of Prehistoric Settlement Systems in the Lower Piedra District, Colorado
- M.A. Anthropology
- University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
- Dead Horse Site: A Basketmaker III and Pueblo II Site in the Klethla Valley, Northeastern Arizona
- B.A. Anthropology, Cum Laude
- University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
- Professor, School of Anthropology, UA (1998 - Ongoing)
- Curator, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (1992 - Ongoing)
- Research Professor/Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UA (1985 - 1998)
- Associate Curator, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (1985 - 1992)
- Director of Research, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (1983 - 1985)
- Senior Archaeologist, Museum of Northern Arizona (1975 - 1982)
- Award in Public Archaeology
- Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission, Phoenix, AZ, Spring 1999
- Victor R. Stoner Award
- Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, Tucson, AZ, Spring 1994
- Earl Morris Award
- Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Spring 1974
Ancestral and early Hopi use and occupation of the Little Colorado River basin through archaeological survey and excavation. Focal topics are ancient religion and ritual, social organization, human-environmental interactions, and formation of the archaeological record. Related research interests include documenting the deep history of the region dating from Clovis times, ca. 13,000 bp, to Spanish contact. Engaging with descendent communities and local citizens to enhance their understanding of the region's past through cooperative research, exhibits, and community presentations.
Training future generations of students how to conduct fieldwork in the U.S. Southwest through teaching Anth455A&B and Anth444A&B, lab and fieldwork, in a hands-on setting.Teaching advanced undergraduate and graduate students courses on the deep history of the U.S. Southwest through Anth 447/547 and Anth 418/518. These courses are taught alternately in the spring. .
ThesisANTH 910 (Spring 2018)
DissertationANTH 920 (Fall 2017)
Senior ThesisANTH 498A (Fall 2017)
Senior ThesisANTH 498A (Summer I 2017)
DissertationANTH 920 (Spring 2017)
Independent StudyANTH 499 (Spring 2017)
Senior ThesisANTH 498A (Spring 2017)
Southwest Land+SocietyAIS 418 (Spring 2017)
Southwest Land+SocietyANTH 418 (Spring 2017)
Southwest Land+SocietyANTH 518 (Spring 2017)
Southwest Land+SocietyARL 518 (Spring 2017)
Southwest Land+SocietyLAS 518 (Spring 2017)
DissertationANTH 920 (Fall 2016)
Senior ThesisANTH 498A (Fall 2016)
Field Archaeology-ExcavationANTH 455B (Summer I 2016)
Field Archaeology-ExcavationANTH 555B (Summer I 2016)
Field Archaeology-Lab TechnANTH 455A (Summer I 2016)
Field Archaeology-Lab TechnANTH 555A (Summer I 2016)
- Adams, E. C. (2016). Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water. Tucson: Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona. No. 211..More infoEdited monograph containing fourteen chapters that details the results of archaeological excavations from 2003-2006 of the ancestral Hopi pueblo, Chevelon. Chevelon was occupied from ca. 1290-1390 and has approximately 500 rooms. It is unique in the area in being burned when its 300 or so occupants left to relocate to contemporary villages 60 miles north on the Hopi mesas. Adams is author of six chapters, selected and photographed most of the objects included in the volume, and edited the volume.
- Bernardini, W., & Adams, E. C. (2017). Hopi History prior to 1600.. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the American Southwest(pp 429-443). New York: Oxford University Press.More infoDescribes history of Hopi Indians from 500 BC to AD 1630 when Spaniards established missions among Hopi using archaeological evidence. Identifies materiality of Hopi people in the archaeological record..
- Adams, E. C. (2016). Architecture. In Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water.(pp 41-106). Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 211, University of Arizona, Tucson.
- Adams, E. C. (2016). Chronology. In Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water.(pp 27-40). Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 211, University of Arizona, Tucson.
- Adams, E. C. (2016). Environment. In Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water.(pp 19-26). Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 211, University of Arizona, Tucson.
- Adams, E. C. (2016). Future Directions. In Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water.(pp 329-338). Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 211, University of Arizona, Tucson.
- Adams, E. C. (2016). Introduction. In Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water.(pp 1-18). Tucson: Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 211, University of Arizona, Tucson.
- Adams, E. C. (2016). What We Have Learned. In Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water.(pp 303-328). Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 211, University of Arizona, Tucson.
- Diaz de Valdes, R., & Adams, E. C. (2016). Faunal Remains from Chevelon. In Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water.(pp 225-250). Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 211, University of Arizona, Tucson.
- Medeiros, M. D., & Adams, E. C. (2016). Ground Stone. In Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water.(pp 155-182). Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series 211, University of Arizona, Tucson.
- Adams, E. C. (2012). Plazas and Kivas: Creating Public Space within Pueblo Communities.. In Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Mogollon Conference(pp 1-10). Las Cruces: Mogollon Conference.More infoSummary of public architectural spaces for Mogollon groups in eastern Arizona and southwest New Mexico from AD 100-1400.
- Moreno, T. K., Moreno, T. K., Adams, E. C., Adams, E. C., Odegaard, N. N., & Odegaard, N. N. (2010). Homol'ovi Research Program: Archaeology, Conservation and Community Involvement.. In Conservation of Archaeological Materials: Current Trends and Future Directions.(pp 215-218). Oxford, England: British Archaeological Reports 2116.More infoSummarizes collaboration between conservators and archaeologists in the field in preserving and removing delicate objects and returning to conservation lab.
- Adams, E. C., & LaMotta, V. M. (2006). New Perspectives on an Ancient Religion: Katsina Ritual and the Archaeological Record. In Religion in the Prehispanic Southwest(pp 53-66). Walnut, CA: Alta Mira Press.More infoSummary of effects on material culture of development of katsina ritual within fourteenth century ancestral Hopi settlements near Winslow, AZ.
- Icove, D. J., Welborn, H. E., Vonarx, A. J., Adams, E. C., Lally, J. R., & Huff, T. G. (2008). Scientific Investigation and Modeling of Prehistoric Structural Fires at Chevelon Pueblo. In Proceedings of the 2006 International Symposium on Fire Investigatin Science and Technology(pp 457-467). Sarasota, Florida: National Association of Arson Investigators.More infoSummary of results from purpsely set fires within simulated ancestral Pueblo stone structures.
- Adams, E. C., & Fladd, S. G. (2017). Composition and Interpretation of Stratified Deposits in Ancestral Hopi Villages at Homol'ovi. Journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Science, 9(6), 1101-1114.More infoDescribes different way ash is used in formal deposits at Homol'ovi villages.
- Adams, E. C. (2016). Closure and Dedication Practices in the Homol’ovi Settlement Cluster, Northeastern Arizona. American Antiquity, 81(1), 42-57.More infoThis paper explores material patterns of structure and village closure among several villages in theHomol’ovi Settlement Cluster on the Little Colorado River in northeastern Arizona, with specialemphasis on Chevelon Pueblo. Excavations in nearly 200 structures within the cluster reveal a variety ofclosure practices including burial of floors and floor features, structural burning, and object placement. Itis argued these patterns are part of a long Pueblo tradition of closure practices used not to severconnections with a space, community, or landscape, but to continue material connections to these places.Some indications of dedication practices for plazas and features were uncovered at Homol’ovi I and willbe discussed as part of broader memory-making practices within the community. Finally, a case will bemade that the burning of Chevelon Pueblo may have been a purposeful act of forgetting.
- Adams, E. C. (2013). Prehispanic Jeddito Yellow Ware: An Overview. Kiva, 79(2), 105-124.More infoSummary of five other papers that comprised an entire number for the journal.
- Adams, E. C. (2013). Relationships Among Design, Time, Source, and glyphs on Prehispanic Jeddito Yellow Ware. Kiva, 79(2), 125-146.More infoSummary of relationships among Hopi yellow ware pottery attributes to historical events.
- Adams, E. C. (2016, January). The Ancestral Pueblos. electronic through App on iTunes.More infoThe Ancestral Pueblos is a module in an online learning program entitled MWorld that is based on the interactive Tablet platform focused on children ages 8-12. The Ancestral Pueblo module presents the entire history of Pueblo people over the past 4000 years presented on 26 screens of information. The screens are based on archaeological, historical, and ethnographic evidence.