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Stone Calendars Of The Southwest Talk Tuesday

on April 4, 2016 - 11:06am

PEEC News:

Ron Barber will describe the technology, culture, and history of stone calendars in the Southwest at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Nature Center. His presentation includes results of the Stone Calendar Project; a hobby that somehow got out of hand.

There are hundreds of stone calendar sites around the Southwest. These calendars are found with specific glyphs that align with unique shadows to mark the time of year and important dates. The Stone Calendar research project surveys sites throughout the Southwest. Sites are studied using a variety of techniques from modeling to time-lapse photography. The project is helping to identify unique cultural variations and uncovering the rise of very complex and amazingly accurate stone calendars.

Barber was born and raised in the oil fields of South America, in small isolated backcountry oil camps. His parents hauled their kids though the mountains, deserts, and jungles; always in search of new adventures. Encountering indigenous cultures and ancient sites has led to a long-term interest and curiosity about lost civilizations.

Barber is an explorer by nature, an engineer by profession. He is a mechanical engineer with more than 35 years at the national laboratories in California and New Mexico. Over the last seven years, he has formed a project to study rock art throughout the southwest, specifically looking for glyphs that might provide insights into early astronomical knowledge. He has applied his engineering background to develop a systematic approach to surveying and identifying glyphs for potential study, as well as developing three-dimensional modeling of light and sum interactions.

This talk is at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.