Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pueblo Grande Museum part of Arizona SciTech Festival

Many of you probably did not even know there was going to be an Arizona SciTech Festival in 2012. Well, no excuses now. During the months of February and March, throughout the state, people will get the opportunity to see how science and technology thrives throughout Arizona. The SciTech Festival will offer “a series of hands-on activities and workshops, conversations and debates, exhibitions, concerts, guided walks and tours” all while showcasing “Arizona as a national leader in science, technology and innovation.”

Pueblo Grande Museum will be participating in the SciTech Festival by hosting a brown bag lectures series throughout the month of February on various topics such as southwest history, archaeology and current research projects in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and museum collections. Our Ancient Technology Day on March 10th is listed as a featured SciTech event where we will also be having a special Radio Healer presentation and workshop focusing on the relationship between technology and cultural heritage. Bring your old electronic devices such as cell phones or video game accessories, to transform them into instruments of music and cultural interpretation.

Arizona Scitech Festival Lecture Series
Join us for one or all four lectures on February 6, 8, 15 and 29 from noon until 1:30pm. These lectures are free and open to the public.

• February 6 ~ 12 to 1:30pm
Guest Speaker: Wayne Ranney
Topic: Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau
Author and geologist, Wayne Ranney, will take participants on an incredible landscape tour of the desert Southwest through millions of years of earth history in his presentation, “Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau”. Arizona used to be the site of giant mountain ranges, long sandy beaches, warm tropical seas and Sahara-like deserts and the evidence for these long-lost scenes are preserved in Arizona's rocks. True-to-life maps have been created that show the sequential changes through time and Ranney will take listeners on a fantastic journey through time. He is the co-author of the book, "Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau," and will be signing copies of his book after the lecture.

February 8 ~ 12 to 1:30pm
Guest Speaker: Stephen Reichardt, ASU, Museum Studies
Topic: Development and Integration of Cultural Resource Data in a Geographic Information System:
An Innovative Model for Museum Collection Management
Stephen Reichardt, in his project on “Development and Integration of Cultural Resource Data in a GIS system”, seeks to preserve and maintain multiple GIS layers of contextual information derived from archaeological investigations within an easy-to-use digital artifact collection management system and also to provide collection specialists, researchers, and students with a visual mode of spatial data interaction. This example builds upon records for the Schoolhouse Point Mound site from the Roosevelt Lake area. Mr. Reichardt is an archaeologist, GIS specialist, and physical anthropologist (MA). He currently works for the Archaeological Research Institute and the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University and is pursuing a Certificate in Museum Studies.

• February 15 ~ 12 to 1:30pm
Guest Speaker: Christopher Caseldine, ASU, Archaeology
Topic: A Fort on a Hill: Evidence of Yavapai Presence in the Perry Mesa Area
Christopher Caseldine will focus his talk on the archaeology of the Perry Mesa region of Central Arizona. In particular, how current research conducted through the ASU Archaeological Research Institute is reinterpreting our understanding of the region's use by Native American groups. Mr. Caseldine is a graduate associate of the Archaeological Research Institute in the ASU School of Human Evolution & Social Change. His research focus is Hohokam archaeology with a specific interest in the management of their vast prehistoric irrigation systems. He also has research interests in the archaeological past of the Perry Mesa region of central Arizona.

February 29 ~ 12 to 1:30pm
Guest Speaker: Dr. Arleyn Simon, ASU, Archaeological Research Institute
Topic: Many Communities: The Archaeology of the ASU Campus
Arleyn Simon summarizes excavation evidence of many prehistoric and historic communities within the ASU campus in her talk, “Many Communities: The Archaeology of the ASU Campus”. When preparing for new construction, glimpses of the past history of the campus emerge including Hohokam villages, Hispanic barrios, and an early Mormon settlement. Dr. Simon is Director of the Archaeological Research Institute in the ASU School of Human Evolution & Social Change. She specializes in central Arizona prehistory, particularly studies of regional community relations based on ceramic compositional studies.

For more information on the 2012 Arizona SciTech Festival visit the website at azscitechfest.org and remember to check Pueblo Grande’s Facebook, Twitter and Blog for updates and event info too!
Posted By Renee Aguilar, Visitor Services Museum Aide

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