Lecture Series Week 3

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Date: January 21, 2014
Contact: Karl Cordova, 520-723-3172

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—January 21th, 2014

Karl Cordova, Superintendent (520) 723-3172


Casa Grande Ruins Lecture Series held Weekly at Monument


COOLIDGE, AZ– On Wednesday Jan 29th, at noon, Dr. Todd Bostwick, will present Native American Salt Procurement, Use, and Rituals in the American Southwest. Dr. Bostwick ,who has been conducting archaeological research in the American Southwest for 34 years, will discuss how salt, necessary for human survival, has been a valuable trade item throughout human history. For the Maya, salt was considered white gold. In the American Southwest, salt procurement involved dangerous journeys and was closely associated with ritual activities, sacred landscapes and a deity called Salt Woman. Salt was obtained from the Gulf of California, from lakeshores, and from buried deposits. This presentation discusses several Native American salt procurement sites in Arizona and the southwest. Dr. Bostwick will summarize the oral traditions of Salt Woman and examine evidence of prehistoric salt mining including numerous well preserved artifacts recovered from a Sinaqua salt mine in Camp Verde. Dr. Bostwick was the Phoenix City Archaeologist at Pueblo Grande Museum for 21 years before retiring in 2010 and is currently the Director of Archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center as well as a Senior Research Archaeologist for PaleoWest Archaeology.

On Wednesday Feb 5th at noon, Greg McNamee will present, Monumental Places: Arizona's National Parks and Monuments. Arizona is home to some of America's most iconic national parks, including Canyon de Chelly, Saguaro National Park, and, Grand Canyon National Park. Arizona also harbors lesser known treasures, such as Chiricahua National Monument, Hubbell Trading Post, and the new Agua Fria National Monument. Join Greg McNamee and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, the first archeological preserve established in the United States, in exploring these many national treasures. Gregory McNamee is a writer, editor, photographer, and consultant. He is the author of thirty books and more than three thousand articles. Greg is a contributing editor to the Encyclopedia Britannica, and a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Arizona.

Future lecture topics include: archeo-astronomy, prehistoric irrigation, the Hohokam to Akimel 'O'odham (Pima) continuum, trade, and more! The Casa Grande Ruins lecture series is in partnership with the Friends of Casa Grande Ruins and is open to the public with general admission fees. Lectures take place every Wednesday at noon, from Jan 15th-March 26th at the Casa Grande Ruins visitor center auditorium located at 1100 W. Ruins Drive, Coolidge, AZ.

 Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story 'Great House' and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago. Established as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America. The Monument is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Directions and additional information are available on the Monument's website. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/cagr/, or call (520) 723-3172.


Last updated: February 24, 2015

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1100 W. Ruins Drive
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