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Archaeology Café – Phoenix Underground. Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café, where experts share their latest research on Phoenix’s deep and diverse history in a jargon-free zone. Join us for a special presentation from geoarchaeologist Gary Huckleberry, who will explore The Salt River and Irrigation: 1,000 Years of Bringing the Valley to Life.
Presented by Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization working across the Southwest to explore and protect the places of our past, Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. 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 Hohokam people who lived in the Phoenix valley a thousand years ago were masters at irrigation and water management. Their knowledge and skill in putting the water of the Salt River to work for them, irrigating crops to feed their families, allowed for thriving communities for hundreds of years. Dr. Huckleberry is currently involved in several archaeological projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area that involve evidence for prehistoric water management. He will share more regarding the latest understanding of these sophisticated systems.
Gary Huckleberry is a native Phoenician who received his doctorate in Geosciences at the University of Arizona and has spent over 30 year doing geoarchaeological consulting and research in the Southwest. He was a professor of Anthropology at Washington State University from 1995 to 2004, and is currently an adjunct researcher at the University of Arizona and Co-Editor of the journal Geoarchaeology. In addition to geoarchaeology, his research includes the study of desert land forms, soils, climate change, and water resources.
We gather at around 5:30 p.m. at the Changing Hands Bookstore (300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ) to visit and enjoy food and beverages. The program begins at 6 p.m.
This program is made possible, in part, by The Smith Living Trust and Arizona Humanities.