Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café at The Loft Cinema for a series of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of the Southwest. Join us on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, as Dr. Paul Reed discusses Aztec Ruins National Monument and Salmon Pueblo. Explore what makes these places special, discover what they tell us about life long ago, and learn how you can experience these significant places today.
“The Chacoan great house sites at Aztec and Salmon are truly monumental buildings. Although I now live north of Taos, New Mexico, I am lucky to visit these ancient Puebloan communities frequently and I always leave with a renewed sense of awe. Chacoan migrants skillfully built these amazing dwellings in the last few years of the eleventh century and during the beginning years of the twelfth century. Descendant Pueblo communities of today, including Acoma, Hopi, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Taos, and Zuni, among others, consider these sites to be special, ancestral places imbued with deep importance and meaning.
Both Aztec and Salmon are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Paul Reed has been a Preservation Archaeologist with Archaeology Southwest since 2001. He is based in Taos, New Mexico and still works as the occasional Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins, New. Reed’s most recent writing is an edited book (with Gary M. Brown as co-editor) entitled Aztec, Salmon, and the Pueblo Heartland of the Middle San Juan, published in SAR Press’ Popular Series in 2018. During the last six years, Reed has been working to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape from the effects of expanded oil-gas development associated with fracking in the Mancos Shale formation. Among his other interests, Reed leads tours to Salmon and Aztec Ruins, Chaco Canyon, the Chuska Valley, and the Navajo Country, and gives public presentations on different topics in southwestern archaeology and history. Reed has conducted fieldwork and research in the Southwest for more than 30 years.
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 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.
CAN’T MAKE IT?
This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities and The Smith Living Trust.