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Come and join us as we celebrate Culture and Traditional Lifeways and Technologies of the Southwest at our annual Archaeology Festival at the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve.
Our FREE event takes place on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. with a day of activities including:
Traditional technologies with S.A.L.T. | 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Demonstrations include Atlatl throwing, cordage making, and sandal making.
Traditional Potter | 9:15 a.m.
Andy Ward will present “Reverse Engineering Salado Polychrome Pottery” a demonstration of traditional pottery techniques by indigenous cultures. Presentation at 9:15 a.m. in community room, then outside for demonstration.
Desert Reptiles | 9–3 p.m.
Phoenix Herpetological Society will have desert reptiles on hand – come and learn more about the creatures we share our space with.
Guided Trail Tours | 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Come and learn about the petroglyphs and the Sonoran Desert landscape.
Ethnobotany Guided Tour | 2:15 p.m.
Join Liz Alexander on a special guided tour exploring traditional usages of indigenous flora.
ASU SHESC Presentation | Noon–1 p.m.
“The Hohokam Were Not Alone: An Exploration of Distant Connections”
Ben Nelson, ASU professor of anthropology, and graduate student Chris Schwartz will present on their work with prehistoric trade networks between northwestern Mexico and the American Southwest and human adaptability to the desertification of grasslands in those regions.
Musical Performance by Canyon Records Artist Jay Begaye
Two performances | 11:15–11:45 a.m. and 1:45–2:15 p.m.
Jay Begaye, of the Navajo Nation, is a singer performer and Navajo horse whisperer. He uses his unique abilities as a singer to work with horses. He will share his songs and stories with us.
Kid’s activities in our new education center | 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
A variety of activities to explore traditional lifeways and learn about the Sonoran Desert