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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 December 1, 2015, Jonathan Till (Edge of the Cedars) will present “Ancient Cultural Landscapes in Southeastern Utah and the Big Questions of Anthropology.”
My presentation will focus on the ancient and historic cultural landscapes of the Bluff valley in southeastern Utah. Sadly, these landscapes, and others, are threatened by pothunters and manic collectors, by development, and even by the visiting public.
I’ll describe several possible scenarios for the management of these landscapes and consider the outcomes of these management practices for Native American peoples, for the United States citizenry, and for humanity in general. These scenarios have great salience, as a possible shift in management policy is currently being considered by state and federal officials.
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.