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Come and escape the summer heat by joining us for our short series of "Lunch and Learn" presentations at the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve. The presentations will focus on our newly installed exhibition, "Legacy of Landscapes: the art and archaeology of Perry Mesa" and address current research, cultural resource management and other perspectives of the mesa.
The presentations are free with paid general admission (members are always free, and OLLI members receive a 10% discount). Come early to view the new exhibit or walk the trail.
Wednesday, July 18
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Scott Wood, retired National Forest Services archaeologist will present on the Perry Mesa Antecedents Archaeological Survey Project. Wood and ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change archaeologist Dave Abbot are currently engaged in a research project to identify the early (pre-1300) occupation of the area and, through sourcing analysis of pottery, attempt to determine where that population may have come from and when. Wood’s presentation offers new insights into this fascinating landscape and complements our new exhibit.
Wednesday, Aug. 1
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Tim Watkins, archaeologist for the Agua Fria National Monument will talk about the cultural resource management of the monument, which includes Perry Mesa. Watkin’s will address the challenges of protecting a large and important site. This is a great opportunity to hear how these ancient settlements are an important part of southwestern history and our cultural heritage.
Wednesday, Aug. 8
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Dennis Eaglestone, Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve volunteer, will share his perspectives on the area and his interest in southwestern archaeology. If you are interested in volunteering at the preserve, this is the presentation for you!