Monday, December 28, 2015

AZ Scitech Lecture Series: From the Coast to the Desert

Come to Pueblo Grande Museum in February for our 5th Annual Arizona Scitech Festival lecture series. This year's theme, From the Coast to the Desert: The Relationship Between Environment and Culture focuses on how prehistoric cultures of the Americas interacted with their local environments. These free lectures are every Friday in February, from noon to 1 p.m., and open to the public. Visit our Calendar of Events page at for more events at Pueblo Grande Museum and visit to learn more about the Arizona Scitech Festival.

February 5, 2016
Archaeology and Climate Change: Reconstructing El Niño on the North Coast of Peru
Speaker: Gary Huckleberry, Geoarchaeological Consultant

As scientists watch the development of possibly the strongest El Niño in almost 20 years, the question arises as to how often such weather events happened in the past and what effects they had on ancient societies. Gary Huckleberry will present on-going research from coastal Peru where scientists are studying geological and archaeological evidence for past El Niños and trying to understand their role in the rise and fall of ancient pre-hispanic states. Studies that integrate climate change and archaeology provide context to current challenges related to global warming.

February 12, 2016
A Culinary Tale of Two Cities: Subsistence Strategies and Environmental Change at Pueblo Grande and La Plaza
Speakers: Andrea Gregory, M.A., RPA, Director of Cultural Resources and Senior Faunal Analyst, Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd. and John Jones, Ph.D., Senior Paleoethnobotanist, Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd.

Data recovered from excavations at Pueblo Grande and La Plaza, two Hohokam sites, during the Valley Metro Light Rail Corridor project is used to inform about subsistence practices and environmental changes through time. Analytical results from both faunal and botanical resources are used to compare resource procurement strategies between the two sites. Inferences are made about environmental shifts occurring at both sites based on perceived resource availability.

February 19, 2016
Documenting Ancient Hohokam Irrigation Systems along the Middle Gila River and the Social Organization of Irrigation
Speakers: Wesley Miles, Archaeological Field Supervisor, Cultural Resource Management Program, Gila River Indian Community & Kyle Woodson, Director, Cultural Resource Management Program, Gila River Indian Community

The Gila River Indian Community’s Cultural Resource Management Program has conducted a long-term study of canal irrigation along the middle Gila River in south-central Arizona. This work has produced a wealth of information on prehistoric Hohokam canal systems used between A.D. 450 and 1450. This presentation gives an overview of the major highlights of these studies on canal irrigation.

February 26, 2016
Vesicular Basalt Provisioning Practices among the Prehistoric Hohokam of the Salt-Gila Basin, Southern Arizona
Speaker: Craig M. Fertelmes, Project Director, Cultural Resources Management Program, Gila River Indian Community

Discover the process of how prehistoric peoples of the Salt-Gila Basin in Arizona acquired vesicular basalt for the manufacture of grinding tools, such as manos and metates, and the newly developed archaeological techniques used to find the source of these tools.

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