Rock Art of the Southwest

October  4 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm


The Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary hosts a variety of interesting and informative lectures in our Community Room located on the grounds of the museum.

Lectures are the first Wednesday of the month October through June and are from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
Lectures are complimentary to the general public and lively discussions are followed after presentations. As always, donations are welcome.

2017-2018 Lecture Series

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 6:30pm

Best Place in the Country: Arizona’s World War Two Aviation Training Base

Speakers: Steve Hoza, Author

During the war, Arizona had some of the largest aviation training facilities in the world. Come find out where they were, who trained there, and what kinds of aircraft were using Arizona as an airfield. There will be video clips as well as memorabilia from the period to examine.

Steve Hoza is a Phoenix native who has worked in the museum field for 30 years. He has written several books and numerous articles about the history of World War Two in Arizona. He is a recognized authority on the history of the German prisoner of war camps in Arizona and military aviation training during the war. He currently works at the Huhugam Ki Museum on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He also runs the official website of the Wallace and Ladmo Show,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 6:30pm

Ancient Southwestern Native American Pottery

Speakers: Allen Dart, Archaeologist

In this presentation, Mr. Dart shows and discusses Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific peoples and eras in the U.S. Southwest prior to about 1450, and talks about how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways. He discusses the importance of context in archaeology, such as how things people make change in style over time and how different styles are useful in identifying different cultures and dating archaeological sites. His many illustrations include examples of ancient pottery types made throughout the American Southwest from about 2,000 to 500 years ago.

Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since 1975. He is a state cultural resource specialist/archaeologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and volunteer director of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Archaeology Center nonprofit organization, which he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology, history, and cultures. Al has received the Arizona Governor’s Award in Public Archaeology, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society’s Victor R. Stoner Award, and the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional Archaeologist of the Year Award for his efforts to bring archaeology and history to the public.

This lecture is provided through the support of Arizona Humanities Council

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:30pm

The Ancient Hohokam Ballgame of Arizona

Speakers: Dr. Todd W. Bostwick

The ancient Hohokam culture of Arizona constructed at least 200 ball courts more than 800 years ago. These oval depressions were likely used to play a ball game that originated in southern Mexico, where the game was played with a rubber ball and had a very important role in reenacting the creation of humans in this world. This presentation will describe the recorded Hohokam ball courts located within Hohokam villages scattered throughout Arizona, summarize what archaeologists propose they were used for, and discuss how these public structures may relate to what is known about the Mexican rubber ball games, which are still played today.

Dr. Todd W. Bostwick has been conducting archaeological research in the Arizona for 38 years. He has a Master’s degree in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University. Dr. Bostwick was the Phoenix City Archaeologist at Pueblo Grande Museum for 21 years before his retirement in 2010, and was a Faculty Associate at ASU and at NAU for 7 years. He is currently the Director of Archaeology at Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Dr. Bostwick has written and edited numerous articles and books on the American Southwest, including Landscape of the Spirits: Hohokam Rock Art at South Mountain Park, published by the University of Arizona.

This lecture is provided through the support of Arizona Humanities Council

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:30pm

The Earliest Apache in Arizona: Evidence of Arguments

Speakers: Dr. Seymour

How did the Apache impact late prehistoric peoples? Research provides evidence of ancestral Apaches in the southern Southwest as early as A.D. 1300. Evidence comes from chronometric dates obtained from storage features (covered with grass or leaves), on Apache pottery, and from roasting pits, all in direct association with other types of Apache material culture. A continuous sequence of use from the A.D. 1300s through the late 1700s provides new insights into a western route into this region and the presence of the earliest ancestral Apache three centuries earlier than previously thought, even in areas where Coronado did not see them.

Dr. Seymour is an internationally recognized authority on protohistoric, Native American, and Spanish colonial archaeology and ethno-history. For 30 years, she has studied the Apache, Sobaipuri O’odham, and lesser-known mobile groups. She has excavated Spanish presidios, numerous Kino-period missions, and several indigenous sites. She works with indigenous groups, tackles the Coronado and Niza expeditions, and is reworking the history of the pre-Spanish and colonial period of the Southwest.

This lecture is provided through the support of Arizona Humanities Council

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