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Yavapai College Hosts 2 Free Anthropology Lectures

10 October 2019   Jennifer McCormack
Yavapai College hosting two free anthropology lectures Oct. 28 focusing on 19th Century Apache conflict in southeast Arizona

Matthew Guebard, an anthropologist and noted expert in Native American cliff dwellings, will deliver two free lectures about the Apache wars on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Yavapai College Prescott campus.

Guebard’s lecture titled, “The Apache Wars: Historic Archaeology and the National Park Service,” will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. in the YC Library Community Room, Building 19, Room 147. All are welcome to attend either lecture tracing the history of the intense conflict between the U.S. Army and the Chiricahua Apaches in the latter half of the 19th century in southeast Arizona. Guebard also will discuss case studies in which the National Park Service used historical archaeology to investigate the contributions of inpiduals and groups associated with the conflict period.

YC History Professor, Dr. Amy Stein, said Guebard’s lecture should both inspire history students and inform the community. ​"It is important for our history students to learn that a degree in history can take them anywhere and provide a solid foundation for a study in any field. Matt's lectures demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of history, archaeology, preservation, the natural and physical sciences,” she said.

Guebard is a valued supporter of YC’s history program, Stein said. “His lectures are an intrinsic component of my classes each semester. I am glad we have the opportunity to invite the entire community this year.”

Guebard is the Chief of Resources at the Southern Arizona Office of the National Park Service and the Chief of Cultural Resources at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments. He specializes in the preservation and interpretation of cliff dwelling architecture in central Arizona.

Guebard’s research interests include earthen architecture, chronometry and the historical development of American archaeology. As a part of his job, Guebard travels throughout the American Southwest studying cliff dwelling architecture on park service and U.S. Forest Service lands.  

Guebard earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Butler University and a master’s degree in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from Northern Arizona University. He joined the park service in 2006. A respected and prolific writer, his scholarship appears in numerous peer reviewed publications.