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Archaeology Southwest's Archaeology Cafe: Todd Bostwick


Dec 4 2018 - 5:30pm

Todd Bostwick - New Discoveries about the Cliff Dwellers of Central Arizona: A Window into Pueblo Life 800 Years Ago in the Verde Valley

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, December 4, 2018, for New Discoveries about the Cliff Dwellers of Central Arizona: A Window into Pueblo Life 800 Years Ago in the Verde Valley by Dr. Todd Bostwick of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

Recent analysis of more than 25,000 artifacts collected from a little-known cliff dwelling located north of Montezuma Castle National Monument has provided a wealth of new information about the Sinagua culture of central Arizona. These materials include well-preserved wooden artifacts, beautifully colored cotton textiles, and plant remains that are in such remarkable condition they look like they were left behind yesterday. Photographs of this rare collection of archaeological materials will be shown and what they tell us about the people who lived along the Verde River will be discussed.

Todd Bostwick, Ph.D., is currently Director of Archaeology with the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum in Camp Verde. He served for 21 years as the City Archaeologist for the City of Phoenix at Pueblo Grande Museum. He was a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and at Northern Arizona University for seven years.

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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