October 26, 2017 – August, 2018
Fragments: Broken Bowls tell more tales

Entrance to exhibits are included with museum admission.

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Join Pueblo Grande Museum October 2017 for the premiere of:

Fragments: Broken bowls tell more tales

Hear the untold stories of pottery sherds and follow their clues to discover what these pieces of the past can reveal. Find out how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in this newest exhibit.

Visitors typically see the most unique and complete pottery vessels of a museums’ collection on display. They seldom see, or know about, the thousands of broken pottery fragments called ‘sherds’ that are preserved in storage. Sherds can be used by researchers to uncover a variety of details, such as how the pottery was made, used, and where it was produced. These details aren’t always obvious during examinations of gorgeous whole pottery vessels.

Using local and traded examples, Fragments invites visitors to see how sherds help archaeologists piece together new ideas about the Hohokam and who they traded with for hundreds of years. Visitors will also have the chance to test their own research detective skills. Interactives and 3-D printed replica pottery sherds in the exhibit provide a hands-on opportunity for guests to discover the tales pottery fragments can tell for themselves.

This exhibit is the result of collaborative efforts between the City of Phoenix, Pueblo Grande Museum, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and Stax3D.


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