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January 2020

Ron Parker – “Chasing Centuries: The Search for Ancient Agave Cultivars across the Desert Southwest”

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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Chasing Centuries is a one-of-a-kind travel-history presentation based up a recently published book of the same name (Sunbelt Publications -- Jan 2019) that takes the reader along on an exciting and little-known adventure at the crossroads of archaeology and botany. Travel with author Ron Parker as he explores the depth and duration of human/agave coevolution across the desert southwest, and discovers unusual agaves apparently associated with archaeological sites long since abandoned by residents of extinct ancient cultures. These agaves appear…

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February 2020

Northern Sonora: Cerro de Trincheras, La Playa, and Magdalena

February 8 @ 8:00 am - February 9 @ 8:00 pm
$120.00

On February 8 and 9, 2020, AAHS is offering a unique opportunity to visit and learn about the entire cultural sequence of human occupation in northern Sonora, from Paleoindian to Padre Kino.  Making our way across the international border we will visit the mission of San Ignacio before exploring the central plaza in Magdalena de Kino and see the final resting place of Father Eusebio Kino.  After spending a peaceful night in Magdalena, we will visit the archaeological landscape of…

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Steve Lekson – “Studying Southwestern Archaeology”

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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Chetro Ketl, Chaco Canyon For over a century, archaeology got the history of the ancient Southwest wrong.  So argues Steve Lekson as he advocates for an entirely new approach – one that separates archaeological thought in the Southwest from its anthropological home and moves it to more historical ways of thinking.  Focusing on the enigmatic monumental center at Chaco Canyon, the presentation provides a historical analysis of how Southwest archaeology confined itself and how it can break out of those…

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March 2020

Used Book Sale

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

In conjunction with the Tucson Festival of Books we will once again be set up in front of the Arizona State Museum selling used books of all types. Lots of anthropology, fiction, art, history! Prices are extremely reasonable. Come stalk up! Ninety percent of the proceeds go to support the Arizona State Museum library  

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Used Book Sale

March 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Ave
Tucson, AZ 85721 United States
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Used book sale continues

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Kelsey Hanson – “Technologies of Capturing Color: Paint Practice and its Analysis in the U.S. Southwest”

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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Examples of red archaeological paint cakes Examples of red archaeological paint cakes with Munsell color chart sheets                   The American Southwest is brilliantly colored. However, naturally occurring colors are not easily imparted into the material world. The ability to capture color from the natural world through paint requires deep cultural knowledge of geologic sources, processing requirements, and application techniques that remain severely understudied. In this lecture, I will contextualize paint practice as…

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April 2020

Some Petroglyphs of Saguaro West

April 4 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 am

                                                                 photo by Lance K. Trask Join us for an early morning hike to see the rock imagery in King Canyon and Javelina Wash. For the past two years an AAHS-affiliated group “The Rock Band” led by Janine Hernbrode has been recording the rock imagery in the Park. Janine…

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Harry Winters – “O’odham Place Names Based on Rocks and Minerals”

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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May 2020

Don Liponi – “The Prehistoric Rock Art of the Kumeyaay and Cahuilla Native American Shamans in the Southern California Deserts”

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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Archaeological evidence shows that Native Americans have lived in the Southern California desert for at least 12,000 years. They thrived using their skills in resource management and spiritual direction.  We do not believe that they had a written language, but they left us hundreds of paintings - spiritual communications that played a leading role in their villages and society. These ancient messages have been buffeted by the harsh desert landscape over the centuries. Recent technology has allowed us to resurrect these paintings…

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June 2020

Steve James – “Chicken Bones on Pueblo Grande”

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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