Date: February 3, 2017
Contact: Shelby Gardner, 520-791- 6416
TUCSON, AZ – The National Park Service’s Western Archeological and Conservation Center (WACC) is featuring five unique lectures and tours for the public during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.
Admission is free of charge, but seating and tours are limited. Please call 520-791-6416 for reservations. All events take place from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. – dates are listed below. The WACC is located at 255 N. Commerce Park Loop, Tucson, 85745. Visitors are welcome to bring a lunch to eat while they enjoy the presentations.
The WACC stores museum objects, specimens and archives from more than 65 national parks and monuments from the Intermountain and Pacific West Regions. An exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of our collection and archival storage rooms and conservation labs will follow the lectures from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each tour will endeavor to highlight museum objects that expand on the themes discussed in the lectures.
Monday, March 6T.J. Ferguson, Professor, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, and Editor, Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona, will present on Salt Trail investigations at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Salt Trails comprise an ancient network of trails, with important stops at tinajas, springs, and other water sources, and were used long before and after European contact for trade and ritual.
Tuesday, March 7Homer Thiel, Historical Archaeologist, and Senior Project Director at Desert Archaeology, Inc., will present the findings of a recent collaborative project with the National Park Service at the ruins of Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi, built in 1751, and which is today, a part of Tumacacori National Historical Park.
Wednesday, March 8National Park Service Southern Arizona Acting Archeologist, Matt Guebard, will talk about recent investigations at Tuzigoot National Monument in the Verde Valley, Arizona.
Thursday, March 9Larry Ludwig, National Park Service Historian and Site Manager, will discuss recent investigations at Fort Bowie National Historical Park in Southeastern Arizona.
Friday, March 10Christopher Caseldine, Arizona State University, will address Hohokam archaeology and some recent rare and interesting findings at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.