MARCH 2015Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Presentation
March 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Guest speaker: Robin Pinto, Author
Topic: Arizona’s Civilian Conservation Corps and Our National Parks and Forests
In 1933, at the nadir of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was born. The program was designed to help unemployed and untrained young men learn new skills and earn money to support their families. CCCers fervently claim that the skill-building experiences forever changed their lives. These men built the roads, trails, picnic areas, ranger stations, fire lookouts and public campgrounds that we still use and appreciate today. This presentation provides a brief history of the Great Depression, the CCC program, and its tremendous impact on our national park and forest development. The lecture will include information on Relief archeology performed during this time, as well as well as information on the many groups besides the CCC working under different sources of new deal funding, at Pueblo Grande.
This event is free and open to the public, made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. Donations are welcome.
Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month Lecture Series
Pueblo Grande Museum will be hosting a lecture series The Science of Pottery: Archaeological Research and Modern Examples every Friday during the month of March as part of Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month. Join us for our lectures discussing Hohokam pottery and other prehistoric ceramic topics of the Southwest. These lectures are free and open to the public. Visit the Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month webpage for more events and activities around the state.
Tucson Basin Hohokam Ceramics
Speaker William L. Deaver, MA, RPA., Senior Archaeologist, WestLand Resources, Inc. will explore a pottery tradition that persisted for nearly 1.500 years through the end of prehistory.
The Role of Consumers in
the Stylistic Development of Red-on-buff Pottery
Speaker Andrew Lack, MA, Ph.D., discusses the role that buff ware potters played in their larger socio-economic environment.
The Development and Evolution of Domestic
Pottery in Arizona
Speakers Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA, Research Director for Cultural Resources at Logan Simpson Design Inc., President of Arizona Archaeological Council, discusses the development of ceramic technology for everyday domestic use in prehistoric southern and central Arizona.
Ceramic Evidence of
Prehistoric Long Distance Interactions: Intrusive Ceramics from Pueblo
Speakers Laurene Montero, M.A. and Todd
W. Bostwick, Ph.D., RPA, discuss how non-local ceramics indicate the Pueblo Grande Hohoka, maintained widespread spheres of interaction, from southern Utah and Colorado to northern Mexico.
Archaeology for Kids
March 7 , 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Children ages 7 to 12 can become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. Cost is $15. Register by March 5!
Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande
March 12, 10 to 11 a.m.
Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. What desert plant has “gone to the moon”? A knowledgeable guide will identify this plant as well as many other useful desert flora and some of the traditional crops (in season). This program is free with paid museum admission. Space is limited; please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.
15th Annual Ancient Technology Day: Prehistoric & Historic
March 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Join Pueblo Grande Museum for a day of fun! Try your hand at tossing an atlatl (spear), watch artists as they demonstrate pottery making, basket weaving, loom spinning, blacksmithing, flint knapping, and more! Taste roasted agave, cooked in the traditional way in an underground oven, and purchase some frybread for lunch. Free arts and crafts activities are available for the kids! Enjoy various cultural, historic, and technology performances throughout the day as well. We will also be offering tours of the archaeological site, the Park of Four Waters, and artifact show–and-tell. Admission to this event and the museum is free!
Park of Four Waters Tour
March 27, 10 to 11 a.m.
The Hohokam people lived in the Salt River Area from approximately 450AD to 1450AD. They were an agricultural society, growing corn, beans, squash and cotton. In order to support their extensive agricultural system, the Hohokam people constructed miles of canals in order to direct water from the Salt River to their fields. The Park of Four Waters tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of some of these canal systems. This is a first come, first serve tour. Space is limited.
Drop In Program
March 28, 10 a.m. to noon
Join the Arizona Herb Association at on the back patio for a drop-in informational program about how to easily obtain, share and utilize information about the uses, culture, history and lore of herbs. The AHA maintains interests in culinary, cosmetic, medicinal, ornamental, dye and ethnic herbs. All other interests in herbs are encouraged and welcomed!