Free lecture: ‘Prehistoric Southwest Infrastructure and Movement’

CAVE CREEK – Ken Zoll presents, “Prehistoric Southwest Infrastructure and Movement.”  The movement of goods from one part of the country to another is an intriguing subject. 

Economics, religions and esthetics furnished the driving force with transportation a romantic intermediary.  As trade plays such a lively part of our own lives, we may wonder about trade in the pre-Columbian past. 

Peoples of the Southwest and Mexico used various corridors for trade and as a communication network for hundreds of years before the arrival of European settlers. 

In this presentation Zoll discusses ancient trade routes that supplied Southwest Native American tribes with goods from Mesoamerica.  Marine shells, parrots, macaws, chocolate and copper objects came from the south. 

In return, Southwestern peoples sent locally produced items south such as turquoise, peridot, serpentine, garnet and other semiprecious stones as well as pottery, salt, and earthen pigments.  Many of these ancient trails are today’s modern highways.

Zoll is the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, Arizona.  He is also the Regional Coordinator for the site steward program with the Arizona State Parks and Trails, and a volunteer docent at cultural heritage sites in the Coconino National Forest. 

He has conducted extensive fieldwork in ancient astronomical practices of the Southwest and is a certified instructor in ancient astronomy fieldwork. 

Zoll is the author of several books on local ancient rock art and astronomical practices, as well as several articles in professional journals on his studies.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Loyola University, Chicago and retired to Sedona in 2004, after 35 years of federal service.

The public may attend an Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter (AAS-DFC) meeting at no charge on October 9, beginning 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, Cave Creek, AZ  85331 (near the Dairy Queen). 

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