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January 2020

University Indian Ruins

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

The University Indian Ruin Archaeological Research District is located in the eastern Tucson Basin at the confluence of the Tanque Verde and Pantano washes where their combined flow forms the Rillito River. The 13-acre District is an archaeological preserve owned by the University of Arizona School of Anthropology.  It includes a central portion of a large Hohokam Classic period village and an adjacent complex of archaeological research facilities that was constructed in the 1930s.  The archaeological site was occupied primarily…

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

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
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 MST
$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 MST
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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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 confines and proceed into…

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March 2020

CANCELLED – Used Book Sale

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

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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CANCELLED – Used Book Sale

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

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CANCELLED – Janine Hernbrode – “Patterns in Petroglyphs. Hints of the Hohokam Cosmology on the Landscape”

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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Fifteen years of rock art recording on four major petroglyph sites in Southern Arizona has enabled assembly of motif details, drawings, and photographs of more than 16,000 glyphs located in landscapes with similar characteristics. By applying the scientific method to the collected and organized data, by working with ethnographic accounts and linguistic analysis by others, and by consulting with indigenous people, we have gained some understanding of, and identified threads of continuity between Native American belief systems and the rock…

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April 2020

POSTPONED – Harry Winters – “Casa Blanca Calendar Stick Record”

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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Due to the Coronavirus AAHS is temporarily cancelling its monthly lectures

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May 2020

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
ENR2, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, 1064 E Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ United States
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July 2020

Paul E. Minnis – “Mimbres and Paquimé Relationships?” (via Zoom)

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST

LINK:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/79954472865 The Mimbres of southwestern New Mexico and Paquimé in northwestern Chihuahua are near each other with Mimbres ending around the time Paquimé rises to prominence. Not surprisingly, some have suggested a close relationship between the two with much of the Paquime population being displaced Mimbrenos. Paul Minnis, perhaps the only archaeologists to have worked extensively in both regions, discusses what he sees as the relationships. But first we need to  consider how differences in the archaeology of the…

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