Learn more about Native American history by attending one of the many conferences and lectures this month that help reveal the ancient civilizations of the Americas:
May 20, 6:00 PM
Southwest Seminars Lecture
“Blood Feud or Bad Death? Violence Among Early Farming Communities in the Sonoran Desert”
Dr. James T. Watson, Head of Research Division, Assistant Curator of Bioarchaeology, Arizona State Museum and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Santa Fe Hotel
Santa Fe, New Mexico
May 20, 7:30 PM
Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture
“Hohokam Petroglyphs at Sutherland Wash: Flower World and Gender Imagery”
Janine Hernbrode and Peter Boyle
A place of special significance to the late Preclassic Hokokam is located at the base of the western slope of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson. Taken in context with other anthropological information, it appears that Sutherland Wash Rock Art District was a ceremonial place with emphasis on the Uto-Aztecan Flower World. Flowers hold special meaning to speakers of Uto-Aztecan languages representing a spiritual landscape, a flowery, colorful, glittering paradise, that can be evoked through prayers, songs and other human actions. Previously reported in kiva murals and ceramics, Jane H. Hill suggested that such imagery might also be found in rock art.
A rich set of data recently created by a team of volunteers from AAHS and the Arizona Site Stewards includes a detailed recording of 3,251 prehistoric petroglyphs, a variety of surface features, artifacts, trails, solar markers and the results of a rudimentary acoustic experiment. In these data we found three important lines of evidence suggesting the special significance of Sutherland Wash. The first is the Flower World complex which is evident not only in petroglyphs representing both realistic and abstract flowers but also in glyphs depicting important related imagery including birds and butterflies. Second, the importance of gender is apparent in many male and female anthropomorphs, vulva forms, family groups, birthing scenes, and a landscape that includes yoni and phallus formations. Third, the interaction of sunlight and shadows with some of the panels clearly marked the equinoxes and solstices; one panel is a compelling horizon marker at the summer solstice involving Romo Peak where copper bells of Mesoamerican origin were found in the 1940s.
University Medical Center’s Duval Auditorium,
1500 N Campbell Blvd,
May 23, 7:00 PM
Verde Valley Chapter; Arizona Archaeology Society
May 23, 2013Dr. John Hohmann
“Sinaguan Burial Practices”
Dr. John Hohmann
Sedona Public Library,
3250 White Bear Road
May 25, 2:00 PM
“From Hunter Gatherers to Complex Chiefdoms: The Archaeology of Prehistoric Costa Rica”
George Maloof, III, Curator of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology
The modern territory known as Costa Rica has been inhabited for around 14,000 years, when the first people arrived on their way south, following the megafauna that they hunted. Thanks to the last 40 years of research, archaeologists, both foreign and local, have begun to document how society changed from the original hunter-gatherers to the complex chiefdoms that were encountered by Christopher Columbus when he came to this “Rich Coast” in 1504. Also discussed will be the coming of Mesoamerican immigrants from the area of Veracruz, Mexico to the Nicoya Peninsula and how their arrival affected the local and regional populations.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology
The one-story reddish-brown color building on the north side of Transmountain Road, adjacent to the National Border Patrol Museum. The two museums are the only buildings on the north side of Transmountain Road, west of Highway 54, surrounded by the Castner Range open space.
May 26-May 31
“Ancient Hands Around the World”
International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO)
Sponsored by American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA)
The International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO) will convene its International Rock Art Congress at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico . IFRAO is a consortium of more than fifty international rock art research associations, who explore the many facets of rock art – the study of prehistoric human-made markings found on stone in natural landscape settings. The local hosting organization is American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA).
The conference is open to all—professional archaeologists and interested avocationalists alike. In keeping with the international agenda established over the past years, the conference will offer four days of oral and poster presentations in sessions organized by topic, and Wednesday will be devoted to field trips for all attendees. Other special cultural events are planned throughout the week including evening lectures open to the public, dances by local Pueblo groups, social events and vendor offerings of rock art related merchandise. Opportunities to book extended field trips before and after the Congress will also be available. Official languages are English and Spanish.
Call for Papers abstracts deadline is July 1, 2012. More information: http://www.ifrao2013.org/call%20for%20papers.html
Marriott Pyramid North
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Courtesy Mike Ruggeri