Advance at UNM 2019 Women in STEM Awards: Hannah Mattson

Dr. Hannah Mattson, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her proposal is “Tracing the Movement of Early Pueblo Pottery across the Southern San Juan Basin: Preliminary Compositional Analysis of Cibola Ceramics from Chaco Canyon.”


This project is based on researching the trade of pottery vessels between Chaco Canyon and the southern San Juan Basin between the 10th and 12th centuries. The researchers use chemical compositional data from both ceramic artifacts and clay deposits to identify which settlements produced pottery exported to the canyon. This local project will help the researchers to better understand the socioeconomic organization and integration of New Mexico’s past communities.


“As a new assistant professor, I am grateful for the support to explore new and exciting avenues of research in my field and expand my current skill set,” Mattson said.