Wednesday, January 28,
2 to 2:30
Join the Curator of Collections for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum. This is an opportunity to learn about the artifacts that are not on display in the museum and see how museums care for their collections. This first come, first serve tour is included with paid museum admission. Space is limited, sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.
Prehistoric Games Drop-in Program
Thursday, January 29,
10 a.m. to noon
Learn about some of the ancient games of the Southwest. Get a first-hand experience of playing them. Make your own stick dice game to take home. Included with paid museum admission.
Friday, January 30,
10 to 11 a.m.
The Park of Four Waters tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric hohokam canal systems. This is a first come, first serve tour, included with paid museum admission. Space is limited, sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.
Brown Bag Ballcourt Lecture
Friday, January 30,
noon to 1 p.m.
Speaker: David R. Wilcox, Itinerant Scholar
Topic: Hohokam Public Architecture: Plazas, Ballcourts and Mounds: What were they?
The hypothesis by Emil Haury in the 1930s that large oval earthen features were "ballcourts", analogous to the rectangular stone features in
Mesoamerica in which various rubber-ball games were
performed as ritual dramas, was questioned in 1967 by Edwin Ferdon. Ferdon suggested
they were not diffused from Mesoamerica,
but were locally invented dance plazas. Now about 200 Hohokam
"ballcourts" are known, distributed over a large area from Flagstaff to Tucson
and Gila Bend to southeastern Arizona. The
cultural meaning of these features and their place through time, in site
structures in relationship to other elements of public architecture, such as
plazas and mounds, is reevaluated.
Saturday, January 31,
10 to noon
Fun, informational, interactive presentation on historic games and toys on the back patio by the Rosson House Museum, included with paid museum admission.