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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 April 19, 2016, Michelle Hegmon (Arizona State University) will present “Archaeology of the Human Experience.”
I will lead a discussion about the Archaeology of the Human Experience (AHE), a new approach that I am developing with a number of colleagues and students (Hegmon 2016). AHE endeavors to understand what it was actually like to live in the past that archaeologists study, and thus takes a humanistic and historical view.
AHE to date focuses on investigating the conditions of life in the past and how they came to be. It is, in part, inspired by simple but difficult questions often asked by students and visitors to our research projects: What was it like to live in this pueblo? What did people do all day? What did they eat? Wasn’t that hard/uncomfortable/smelly? AHE also strives to make these kinds of questions an important part of humanistic and social science inquiries.
Many of these questions could be answered with research that involves public participation and insights from various fields. My presentation will encourage this kind of participation and pursue possible avenues for future work.
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 Linda Pierce by email or phone, (520) 882-6946, ext. 23.
Place: We meet in the Aztec Room of Macayo’s Central, 4001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, near the Indian School light rail stop.
Time: Presentations begin after 6:00 p.m. It is best to arrive at about 5:30 p.m. in order to get settled, 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. Enjoy happy hour prices!
The 2015–2016 season is made possible, in part, by Arizona Humanities.