Archaeology Café returns to The Loft Cinema for another season of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of southern Arizona. Join us on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, for Blood Flowed Like Water: Violence among the Sonoran Desert’s Earliest Irrigation Communities, a fascinating exploration of violence among early farming communities over two thousand years ago from Dr. James T. Watson.
The earliest evidence for violence in the Desert West is found in early irrigation communities strewn across the Sonoran Desert (circa 2,000-4,000 years ago) and takes a variety of forms. Blunt-force and projectile trauma from clubs and darts, broken and callused bones, and irreverent interments are evident in people’s remains. Dr. Watson will consider the causes of this violence, which apparently ceased as this volatile period drew to a close some 2,000 years ago.
James T. Watson, Ph.D., is Associate Director and Associate Curator of Bioarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum, and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. His research is focused on understanding prehistoric human adaptations in desert ecosystems and the role local resources play in the adoption of agriculture and their impact on health.
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.)
We gather at The Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd.) around 5:30 p.m. to visit and enjoy food and beverages. Programs begin at 6 p.m. in Theatre 1. Seating is open and unreserved. The Loft has plenty of free parking!
Archaeology Café is free. Guests are encouraged to purchase their own refreshments from The Loft’s impressive concession bar. Offerings include tamales, pizza, wraps, sandwiches, snacks, and a great selection of local beers and wines.
Videos of each Café will be available at www.archaeologysouthwest.org/video.
Questions? Visit us online at www.archaeologysouthwest.org or call us at 520-882-6946 ext. 23.
This program is made possible by The Smith Living Trust and Arizona Humanities.