Archaeology Southwest's Archaeology Cafe: Gary Huckleberry


Feb 5 2019 - 5:30pm

Gary Huckleberry - Precontact Agriculture, Tucson versus Phoenix: It’s Not the Same!

Archaeology Café 2018-2019: Making Connections

Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café at The Loft Cinema for a series of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of Arizona.  Join us on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, for Precontact Agriculture, Tucson versus Phoenix: It’s Not the Same! by Dr. Gary Huckleberry.

Archaeologists have found strong evidence for irrigation agriculture in both the Tucson and Phoenix areas, but the histories of the two areas are very different. Canal irrigation is known from a much earlier date in the Tucson region, while Phoenix ultimately became home to the most massive and complicated irrigation systems later in time. Dr. Huckleberry will compare the two regions and explore how environmental and technological differences resulted in the variations we see in the archaeological record.

Gary Huckleberry is a native Phoenician who received his doctorate in Geosciences at the University of Arizona and has spent over 30 year doing geoarchaeological consulting and research in the Southwest. He was a professor of Anthropology at Washington State University from 1995 to 2004, and is currently an adjunct researcher at the University of Arizona and Co-Editor of the journal Geoarchaeology. In addition to geoarchaeology, his research includes the study of desert land forms, soils, climate change, and water resources.

Presented by Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization working across the Southwest to explore and protect the places of our past, Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. At Archaeology Café, we break down the static, jargon-laden dynamic of traditional lectures, and have an expert share some ideas with the group in ways that get discussion going. (Food and drink make things a little livelier, too.)

We gather at The Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd.) around 5:30 p.m. to visit and enjoy food and beverages. Programs begin at 6 p.m. in Theatre 1. Seating is open and unreserved. The Loft has plenty of free parking!

Archaeology Café is free. Guests are encouraged to purchase their own refreshments from The Loft’s impressive concession bar. Offerings include tamales, pizza, wraps, sandwiches, snacks, and a great selection of local beers and wines.

If you can’t attend in person, join us on Facebook Live that evening. Videos of each Café will also be available at after each event.

Questions? Visit us online at or call us at 520-882-6946 ext. 23.

This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities and The Smith Living Trust.


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