N. Phoenix - Archaeology Lecture: "Temple Platforms of the Hohokam"

  • March 2, 2013 · 12:45 PM
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As a courtesy, if you are sick, then please do not attend until you feel better.


There will be a science lecture, as part of the Az SciTech Festival.

Topic: "Archaeology and Interpretation of the Mesa Grande Platform Mound"

Speakers: Dr. Tom Wilson, Director of the Arizona Museum of Natural History and Dr. Jerry Howard, Curator of Anthropology at the Arizona Museum of Natural History.

Pueblo Grande’s twin mound Mesa Grande was one of the two largest temple platforms of the Hohokam. Built and used between AD 1100 and 1450, it was the public and ceremonial center for a one of the largest Hohokam villages in the Salt River Valley. Mesa Grande is also a sacred cultural heritage site in the middle of a vast urban landscape, Mesa, Arizona.

Drs. Jerry Howard and Tom Wilson will discuss research at Mesa Grande, the history of preservation efforts, and the work behind opening the site to the public with a new interpretive trail and welcome center inaugurated this year. Dr. Jerry Howard began directing the Mesa Grande Archaeological Project in the 1980s.


Directions at https://dvrac.asu.edu/visit-us/hours-map-admission. The museum cannot be seen from the road, because the nature preserve extends to the street.

Enter the museum driveway, from the north side of W. Deer Valley Rd, approximately 2.5 miles NW of Highway I-17 and Loop 101.

Lecture duration: 1pm-2pm.

Admission is free.


Note: Excerpts were taken from https://dvrac.asu.edu/node/291.


Note: If I am unable to attend, due to delays, rainstorms, sandstorms, or closed roads, then have fun! -Karen (event host)


Presented by: ASU

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  • Fred M.

    Fantastic! Gave me an excuse to drive out to Mesa! It also gave me lots to think about. In addition to the archeo/anthro aspects of the lecture, I'm somewhat curious about Acquanetta. She's going into my collection of "Women of the Wild West" that I need to learn more about. Did you know that one the last stage-coach robberies happened near here in 1899, and that one of the two robbers was a lady? Neat stuff!

    March 4, 2013

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