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Archaeology for Kids
Saturday, March 1
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Children ages 7 to 12 can become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pithouse. Learn about mapping, recording and other archaeological methods and concepts. Register by February 27. Cost: $15.
Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Presentation
Wednesday, March 5
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Guest Speaker: John A. Ware, Executive Director of The Amerind Foundation, Inc.
Topic: Chaco Mystery Solved?
Join the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary and Executive Director of The Amerind Foundation, Dr. John Ware for a lecture on “The Chaco Mystery” on March 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Pueblo Grande Museum. More ink has spilled on theories of Chaco than on the rest of Pueblo Indian culture history combined, and for good reason. With its monumental architecture and earthworks, exotic artifacts, and immense scale by regional standards, the Chaco ‘phenomenon’ stands out from everything that came before or after. As a result of its ‘otherness,’ explanations of Chaco have run the gamut. In this talk, Ware argues that the key to understanding eleventh century Chaco may lie in deciphering differences and similarities among the living descendants of the Chaco Anasazi: the historic Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona. This program is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
Ancient Technology Day: Prehistoric & Historic
Saturday March 8
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join Pueblo Grande Museum for a hands-on experience, fun for the whole family, at Ancient Technology Day on March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can try their hand at throwing an atlatl (spear), creating their own petroglyph, weaving their own cloth, and sample roasted agave slow-cooked the traditional way, in an earthen oven. Artists will be on hand to demonstrate how the Hohokam people used various technologies such as flintknapping (making of arrowheads), pottery, shell jewelry, weaving and more!
With the popularity and success of last year’s addition of historic technologies, historic demonstrations from the Pioneer Days of Arizona such as cotton spinning, weaving, and cooking will continue to be featured during this annual event! Ancient Technology Day is a free event that is an official Arizona Scitech Festival event and an Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month event. In addition to hands-on demonstrations and tours of the archaeological site, families can enjoy free craft activities and games, where they can practice their new ancient technology skills. Visitors will also learn about native desert foods at the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community’s Traditional Kitchen, and fry bread will be available for purchase.
New this year, City Archaeologist, Laurene Montero will be conducting tours to the Park of Fours Waters, where visitors can walk through the remains of prehistoric Hohokam canals. Admission is free all day and includes the event, the museum and all tours. Print Event Flyer!
Plant Tours of Pueblo Grande
Thursday, March 13
10 to 11 a.m.
Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. What desert plant has “gone to the moon”? A knowledgeable guide will identify this plant as well as many other useful desert flora and some of the traditional crops (in season). This program is free with paid museum admission. Space is limited; please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.
Petroglyph Discovery Hike
Saturday, March 22
7 to 10 a.m.
Location: Mormon Trail
An experienced Pueblo Grande Museum guide will lead participants on a three-mile, three-hour interpretive hike through South Mountain. Learn about the petroglyphs (rock art) left by the Hohokam people over 1000 years ago, and why this mountain was so important to their culture. For ages 12 and up, space is limited. Register by March 20. Cost: $8.
Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator
Wednesday, March 5 & 19
2 to 2:30 p.m.
Join Curator of Collections Holly Young for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum. This tour is open to walk in visitors with paid museum admission. This is an opportunity to learn about the artifacts that are not on display in the museum and see how museums care for their collections. This is a first come, first serve tour. Space is limited. Please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. This tour is free with paid museum admission.
Park of Four Waters Tour
Friday, March 28
10 to 11 a.m.
The Hohokam people lived in the Salt River Area from approximately 450AD to 1450AD. They were an agricultural society, growing corn, beans, squash and cotton. In order to support their extensive agricultural system, the Hohokam people constructed miles of canals in order to direct water from the Salt River to their fields. The Park of Four Waters tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of some of these canal systems. This is a first come, first serve tour. Space is limited. Please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. This tour is free with paid museum admission.