Free online lecture by former SAA president Ken Ames (for SAA members)

Introducing the SAA Knowledge Series-one-hour online lectures delivered periodically by top scholars in the field, bringing you up to date on hot topics and current research. Register here today to hear former SAA president Ken Ames on Current Perspectives on Complex Hunter-Gatherers.

Course: Current Perspectives on Complex Hunter-Gatherers

Instructor: Dr. Kenneth M. Ames

Date: September 29, 2015

Time: 3:00-4:00 P.M. EDT

Knowledge Series lectures will be recorded and available on SAAWeb after the live date.
Description: In the 1970s, archaeologists identified “complex hunter-gatherers,” hunter-gatherers displaying social and cultural traits, such as permanent inequality, which were thought to require agriculture. This produced intense research and theory building. More recently the concept has been critiqued as notions such as complexity and even of hunter-gatherers have been challenged. These issues are explored in a one-hour online presentation using examples from western North America.
Kenneth M. Ames received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1976. He is Professor emeritus of Anthropology, Portland State University, and a past-President the Society for American Archaeology. His research focuses on the evolution of social complexity and on hunter-gatherers. His theoretical interests include the application of evolutionary theory to cultural change and the structure of archaeological theory. Ames has conducted archaeological field research in western North American since 1968 He is currently also involved in research on the northern British Columbia coast and the western North Pacific Rim. He has written and edited volumes on the archaeology and peoples of the Northwest Coast and has published in American Antiquity and many other venues.
Space is limited to 100 seats, which often fill quickly. Register here today.

Future Knowledge Series lectures will cover cultural heritage management in developing countries, the use of drones in archaeology, and climate change. View a list of upcoming Knowledge Series lectures here.Registration opens 30 days before the course date.
About the Knowledge Series

Knowledge Series online seminars are one-hour lectures delivered by tops scholars, and are designed to keep members up-to-date on current topics in the field. They will be offered periodically from September through May each year. Lectures will be audio recorded and available on SAAWeb after the live date.

Knowledge Series lectures are not interactive and participants will not receive Continuing Professional Education credits from RPA, nor SAA Certificates of Completion for participating.

Registration is limited to 100 participants, and seats will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.

Questions? Feel free to call SAA at 202-559-5709 or email us at


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