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FARMINGTON — Aztec Ruins National Monument is hosting a series of free lectures from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays twice a month.

The lecture series starts this month and will continue through September.

The first lecture will be today. William Dunmire, the former superintendent of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, will speak about how European foods influenced New Mexico cuisine.

On Friday, July 31, Lori Reed, an archaeologist and ceramics specialist at Aztec Ruins National Monument, will talk about how exhibits at the park's museum are designed and built.

There will be two lectures in August. The first August lecture will be on Aug. 14. Researcher Laurie Webster will talk about working with ancient textiles, baskets, woods and hides found in southeastern Utah.

Then, on Aug. 28, park Ranger Danielle York will talk about the National Park Service's Find Your Park program.

In September, there will also be two lectures. On Sept. 11, David Stuart, the associate provost emeritus of the University of New Mexico, will talk about ancient Four Corners area families and the rise of the Chacoan world.

Finally, on Sept. 18, Anna Sofaer, the president of the Solstice Project in Santa Fe, will talk about Chacoan cosmography and roads.

For more information, call 505-334-6174, ext. 231.

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