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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, December 3, 2019, as Jeremy M. Moss discusses Pecos National Historical Park in his talk, “Going Down to the Crossroads: A Brief History of Pecos National Historical Park.” Explore what makes this place special, discover what it tells us about life long ago, and learn how you can experience this significant place today.
“Pecos is a very large Ancestral Pueblo and Spanish Colonial mission site located at a strategic location at the intersection of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. Commanding a 360 degree view of the Pecos Valley, it sits at one of the major crossroads in history, and is an excellent place to learn about cultural developments in the northern Southwest. In my time at Pecos I’ve learned how geography influences cultural trajectories, and how the landscape truly shapes experience, memory, and history. Pecos is well known through the work of A.V. Kidder, who was instrumental in the early development of southwest archaeology. The Pueblo of Jemez has strong connections to Pecos as it is one of their ancestral sites, and the place is alive with their ancestors. The site is protected by the National Park Service as part of Pecos National Historical Park. The park preserves over 800 archaeological sites including remains of the Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass.”
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Jeremy Moss is currently the Chief of Resource Stewardship and Science and resident archaeologist at Pecos National Historical Park. Throughout his career within the National Park Service, he held positions at multiple parks and monuments throughout the Southwest, working previously as the park archaeologist at Tumacácori National Historical Park from 2004 to 2013. He holds degrees in archaeology from the University of New Mexico and the University of Wyoming. His professional interests span archaeology, museum management, public outreach, cultural and natural resource management, and historic preservation.
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.