Free lecture opportunity about Paquime archaeology site in Mexico

CAVE CREEK – Doctor Paul Minnis presents, “New Views on Paquimé.” The size and massive architecture of Paquimé (Casas Grandes) in northwestern Chihuahua has impressed visitors for centuries, ever since the first Spanish entradas to the area. He will be speaking at Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter’s (AAS-DFC) January 9 meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Cave Creek.

Pictured: An aerial view of the Paquime Indian ruins, which is also known as Casas Grandes.
Pictured: An aerial view of the Paquime Indian ruins, which is also known as Casas Grandes.

During the Medio Period, approximately A.D. 1200-1450, this site was one of the major and most influential communities in the regions of Southwest United States and northwest Mexico.

The Joint Casas Grandes Expedition’s excavations, guided by the Amerind Foundation and Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Historia, during the mid-20th century revealed impressive archaeological data, uncovering one and a half tons of shell, hundreds of tropical parrots, an amazingly well-designed water system and extraordinary architecture engineering.

The results of several recent archaeological projects offer a revised and precise understanding of this remarkable community and its neighbors. This community, a large regional center, and neighboring cultures were a connection between the prehistoric southwest United States and Mesoamerican cultures through probable distant and local exchange networks.

Minnis is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1981 and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Colorado. Doctor Minnis has worked throughout the borderlands, currently focusing on Paquimé.

During the past quarter-century, he and his colleague, Michael Whalen, have recorded 450 sites and excavated many sites in the region. In addition, he conducts prehistoric ethnobotanical research.

Doctor Minnis is a past president of the Society of Ethnobiology, treasurer and press editor for the Society for American Archeology and co-founder of the Southwest Symposium. He has authored, co-authored and edited 12 books, as well as many journal articles and book chapters.

The public may attend AAS-DFC’s January 9, meeting at no charge. There are refreshments available at 7 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are held in the community room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, near the Dairy Queen in Cave Creek. The AAS-DFC meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. For more information visit