Old Pueblo Archaeology Center

August 2006

Thursday, August 17, 2006: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursdays” program: Archaeologist Arthur W. Vokes (Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona) discusses “Southwestern Archaeological Shell Use in Time & Space” at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 5100 W. Ina Road Bldg. 8, in the Marana Town Limits, Arizona. 7:30 to 9 p.m Free. No reservations needed. 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org. Our speaker, Arthur Vokes, earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona Department of Anthropology with an emphasis on Southwest and Mesoamerican archaeology and Museum Collections Management. He first started researching the use marine and freshwater mollusk shells by native populations in the early 1970s when he analyzed shell assemblages from the island of Cozumel, off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. His first work on shell from the Southwest was on an assemblage from a small site impacted by the reconstruction of Tucson’s Craycroft Bridge after the floods of 1983. Since then he has worked on the shell assemblages produced by over 90 different archaeology research projects and has examined numerous other shell assemblages in his capacity as the curator in charge of the archaeological repository at the Arizona State Museum. Currently he is reanalyzing the Snaketown archaeological site’s shell assemblage prior to its transfer to the Huhugam Cultural Center and is working on material from Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s Yuma Wash and Silverbell-Coachline projects in Marana.As enticement for you to attend his August 17 talk, Arthur informed Old Pueblo that the earliest occurrence of shell in sites within the American Southwest occurs in the lower levels of Ventana Cave, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. However, these are unmodified fragments of large bivalve shells that seem to have been used as cups to hold water from the spring located at the back of the cave. “It is not until the beginning in the San Pedro phase of the Early Agricultural period (ca 1200 B.C.) that there develops a well-defined tradition of using shell as a medium for the creation of personal ornaments,” Art said, and he noted that this tradition “is linked through trade and ornamental forms with populations in southern California and western Mexico. Although quite distinct, these assemblages are certainly antecedent to the later traditions associated with the ceramic producing cultures that populated the region. The culture best known for working with shell, Art says, is the Hohokam, who developed their own ornamental tradition, and who also served as intermediaries to other groups further to the interior. In his presentation he plans to summarize the central features of these related shell working traditions and discuss the reconstructed trade networks and economic roles associated with shell ornaments in the Southwest.

Saturday, August 19-Sunday, August 20, 2006: “Silver City Summer Overnighter – Glenwood Catwalk and History of the Middle Gila Area” tour with Dr. Stephen H. Buck, departing from Tucson International Airport Park & Save lot (near TIA entrance, SE corner of Tucson Blvd. & Corona Dr.). 7:30 a.m. Saturday-6 p.m. Sunday. $199 per person double occupancy, $274 per person single occupancy; $25 discount for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center & Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Sign up by June 16, 2006, to save $25 per person. Stay overnight in COOL Silver City, NM, and visit the spectacular Whitewater Catwalk National Recreation Trail in Glenwood, the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, and the interesting Silver City Museum (which includes temporary display of remarkable Mimbres and Casas Grandes pottery collection on loan from the Western New Mexico University Museum), the Singing Winds Book Shop in Benson and some surprise stops at en-route points of interest. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org

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