TCAS 2019

On Wednesday, November 6th,  TCAS will have our final meeting of our 30th year of existence. In recognition of a great year, we will celebrate with a catered dinner starting at 6:30 pm.  

Please try to attend!

Our speaker, Mollie Toll, is currently the Outreach Educator for the Office of Archaeological Studies in Santa Fe.

The title of Mollies’s presentation is:

Archaeobotany: Evidence for Human Dietary Patterns

Over Broad Sweeps of Time and Space

We are lucky here in the Southwest to have better climatic conditions for preservation of perishables, and hence more evidence for how people have used plants in the past here. We will focus on uses of plants for food, and how available wild and domesticated plant resources and subsistence strategies have changed from Big Game Hunters, to Archaic Hunter Gatherers, to Farmers, here in New Mexico. We will take a look at widespread useful plants that occur over and over again in archaeological sites, and some of the curious oddballs. We'll think about why some plants, documented securely in the ethnographic literature as pillars of the traditional plant

Mollie is currently the Outreach Educator for the Office of Archaeological Studies and the Center for New Mexico Archaeology at the Museum of New Mexico.

Mollie S. Toll brings a variety of different experiences to bear on these ideas, including anthropological and archaeological academic perspectives (BA University of Chicago, MA Loyola University) and plant ecology (MS University of New Mexico). Real archaeobotanical training took place as a collaborative experience with her colleagues over several decades of examining and reporting on assemblages from Paleo-Indian to historic contexts. Special interests include prehistoric farming and water control issues (experimental fields in Chaco Canyon and in several school gardens) and food history. A delight in communicating cross-disciplinary ideas has led to a decade in public schools, as a science coach and proponent of school gardens, and current stint as a museum educator


Our meeting place is in the East Torrance Soil and Water Conservation District’s education building located a block north of Hwy 55 at 700 S. 10th Street.

repertoire, occur rarely in archaeological contexts. We'll go over how plant remains are retrieved archaeologically, and how those methods have affected data collection over time. We will think about the development of New Mexico's complex regional cuisine over twenty centuries, and how the taste of food has been influenced by domesticated plants arriving from Mexico 3000 years ago, and by a new array arriving from the Mediterranean by way of Mexico in the 16th to 18th centuries.