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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 May 3, 2016, Lewis Borck (University of Arizona, Archaeology Southwest), will present “Consent and Dissent in Deep Time.”
I will examine a complex period of the human experience about 100 years before either Niza or Coronado set foot in the U.S. Southwest. Specifically, I will be discussing the spread of material culture that archaeologists call Salado that is associated with the dispersal across the southern Southwest of what I argue is a decentralized religious movement and how that movement contended with entrenched, hierarchical belief systems in various areas.
I will approach this problem having used historical and scientific analyses applied to archaeological data, but will present them in a public setting where questions about the applicability of the findings to contemporary life will be encouraged.
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.