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Archaeology Café returns to Changing Hands for a new season of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of Phoenix and the greater Southwest in a jargon-free zone. Dr. Karen Schollmeyer will encourage Valley residents to look east up the Gila River as she explores Life Before AD 1500 on the Upper Gila River, Southwest New Mexico.
Residents of the upper reaches of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico found successful ways of farming, hunting, and living together for over a millennium. This talk explores some of these past ways of living, including periods in which people gathered into large villages or dispersed into less archaeologically visible communities. The unique archaeological record of this area allows us to examine the challenges and benefits of these different ways of living, and how farmers adapted to local conditions from the time of the earliest villages into the late 1400s.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Ph.D., is a Preservation Archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest. Her research interests include zooarchaeology, long-term human-environment interactions, and food security and landscape use. She is also interested in how archaeologists’ long-term insights can be applied to contemporary issues in conservation and development. She has done research and fieldwork (including teaching multiple field schools) in southwest New Mexico for 15 years, and is especially interested in the “edges” of the Mimbres-Mogollon area along the Rio Grande and the Upper Gila.
ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGY CAFÉ
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.)
WHEN & WHERE
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.
Find plenty of free public parking west of Changing Hands Phoenix, at 400 and 444 West Camelback. Additional free public parking is across Camelback to the south.
Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.
Archaeology Café is free. Guests are encouraged to purchase their own refreshments from the First Draft Book Bar. Offerings include wine, local craft beers, delicious coffee, and a selection of bar foods. After the Café, stick around and have dinner next door at the Southern Rail Restaurant. Or, call Southern Rail ahead of time, order a meal to go, pick it up prior to the Café start, and bring it with you to enjoy before or during the presentation!
CAN’T MAKE IT?
Email us or call 520-882-6946 ext. 23.
This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities and The Smith Living Trust.