Archaeology Café (Tucson): Fire, Climate, and Society—Past, Present, and Future

March 1, 2016 5:30 pm
March 1, 2016 7:30 pm
Archaeology Southwest
(520) 882-6946, ext. 16
August 5, 2015
Casa Vicente
375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ, 85701, United States
Chiricahua Fire

Horseshoe Two Fire. Photo by D. Shultz, courtesy of the NPS.
NPS Photo- D. Shultz

In 2015–2016, we feature presenters who will explain the “so what?” of their findings. Accordingly, we encourage audiences to consider not only the past, but also their own place in our human story.

On March 1, 2016, Christopher Roos (Southern Methodist University) will present “Fire, Climate, and Society—Past, Present, and Future.”

From Chris:

In the Southwest U.S., a century of fire suppression has turned old growth forests into tinderboxes that burn in increasingly destructive ways as the climate warms. But do all fire-climate-society relationships conform to this story? Southwestern pine forests have been home to American Indian communities for millennia. How did these communities cope with—and impact—these flammable forests through variable climates? What lessons might we learn from these experiences?

I will bring archaeological, dendrochronological, and paleoecological information together to weave a story of human and climatic impacts on Arizona’s fire-prone forests over the last millennium. My account will illuminate pathways towards stainable fire-climate-society relationships.

Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. We have based Archaeology Café on the science pub or science cafe model that developed in Europe and quickly spread to major American cities. At Archaeology Café, we break down the static, jargon-laden dynamic of traditional lectures, and have an expert share some ideas with the group in ways that get discussion going. (Food and drink make things a little livelier, too.)

The program is free, but participants are encouraged to order their own refreshments. Although kids may attend with adult supervision, Archaeology Cafés are best for adults and young adults.

If accommodation is needed due to disability, please contact Kate Gann by email or phone, 520-882-6946 x 16.

Place: We meet on the patio of Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Ave., Tucson. Enter through the restaurant.

Time: Presentations begin after 6:00 p.m. It is best to arrive before 5:30 p.m., as seating is open and unreserved, but limited. Share tables and make new friends!

Cost: Archaeology Café is free, but guests are encouraged to order their own refreshments from the menu.

The 2015–2016 season is made possible, in part, by Arizona Humanities.

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