Chaco Choco—University of New Mexico archaeologist Dr. Patricia Crown will be presenting a lecture on the discovery of Mesoamerican cacao residue in pottery at Chaco Canyon. Dr. Crown’s lecture will be followed by drinking chocolate and other goodies available to sample from Chokola.
Chocolate was important in ritual and exchange in Mexico over a millennium before the Spanish entered the region. The Spanish rapidly adopted this commodity into their own economic system. Far from its tropical home, chocolate spread through Europe becoming a status symbol of the European elite.
Until recently, it was not known that chocolate and the rituals associated with its consumption had made its way into the American Southwest from Mexico, but the discovery of cacao residue in drinking vessels at Chaco Canyon has opened up many more discoveries about the cultural exchange between the two regions.
This event will be held at the Millicent Rogers Museum on Sunday, February 10th from 2:00-4:00. Tickets are $20 or $15 for museum members, and are available to purchase on the museum’s website at millicentrogers.org, by phone at (575)758-2462, in person in the museum store, or at the door.