Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales
Hear the untold stories of pottery sherds and discover what these pieces of the past can reveal. Find out how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales, a new exhibit at Pueblo Grande Museum.
Visitors typically see the most unique and complete pottery vessels of a museums’ collection on display. They seldom see, or know about, the thousands of broken pottery fragments called ‘sherds’ that are preserved in storage. Sherds can be used by researchers to uncover a variety of details, such as how the pottery was made, used, and where it was produced. These details aren’t always obvious during examinations of gorgeous whole pottery vessels.
Using local and traded examples, Fragments invites visitors to see how sherds help archaeologists piece together new ideas about the ancestral O'Odham, more commonly known as the Hohokam. This exhibition will feature sherds that connect the Hohokam with their neighbors across the Southwest and northern Mexico during the time of the European Renaissance.
Listen to local Native perspectives on archaeology and cultural preservation while experiencing traditional O’odham songs that tell of the mountains surrounding Pueblo Grande and their deep connections to past, present, and future O’odham generations. Visitors will also have the chance to test their own research detective skills. Interactives and 3-D printed replica pottery sherds in the exhibit provide a hands-on opportunity for guests to discover the tales pottery fragments can tell for themselves.
Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales has been extended to run through August 2019 and is included with regular Museum admission. This exhibit is the result of collaborative efforts between the City of Phoenix, Pueblo Grande Museum, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and Stax3D.