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Archaeology Society meeting to focus on ancient pottery


CAVE CREEK – The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter will meet on Jan. 10, at the Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Cave Creek.

The meeting will feature Arizona Humanities speaker Allen Dart, who will offer a presentation on Ancient Southwestern Native American Pottery. Dart will show and discuss Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific peoples and eras in the U.S. Southwest prior to about 1450, and share information about how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways.  Dart will discuss the importance of context in archaeology, how the things people make change in style over time, and how different styles are useful for identifying various cultures and dating archaeological sites. His many illustrations include examples of ancient pottery types made throughout the American Southwest from about 2,000 to 500 years ago. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

Dart is a Registered Professional Archaeologist who has worked professionally and volunteered in Arizona and New Mexico archaeology since 1975. He is the state cultural resources specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arizona.  Additionally, he volunteers his time as executive director of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, a Tucson nonprofit organization that he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in Southwestern archaeology, history, and cultures. He received the Arizona Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission Award in Public Archaeology, the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional Archaeologist of the Year Award, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society’s Victor R. Stoner Award, and other honors for his efforts to bring archaeology and history to the public.

This meeting is open to the public. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., with refreshments available at 7 p.m.

The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church is located at 6502 East Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. See more information at