Thursday December 10, 2020: Online
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday (on the Second Thursday!) Food for Thought” free Zoom online presentation: “Painted Landscapes of Reverent Avoidance in the Chiricahua Mountains” by archaeologist/SoA grad student Kelsey E. Hanson, sponsored by Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, Tucson
7 to 8:30 p.m. Arizona/Mountain Standard Time. Free
Southeastern Arizona is located on the fringes of several named cultural traditions – the Hohokam, Mogollon, and Casas Grandes, and then was later occupied by the Apache. This borderlands region has received only sporadic scholarly attention. In 2018, Kelsey E. Hanson and Jonathan Patt conducted a systematic survey of caves in the eastern Chiricahua Mountains, at the heart of this cultural overlap. Their survey produced data on several new pictograph sites, representing at least three different named pictograph traditions. Interestingly, their spatial distributions demonstrate that different pictograph traditions rarely overlap in space but seem to occupy starkly different physiographic settings. In this talk, archaeologist Kelsey Hanson will illustrate these spatial patterns and propose an interpretation she tentatively refers to as reverent avoidance of those who have come before. The results of her study have important implications for understanding identity and territoriality through time and space in this borderlands region. (This month only, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s usual “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinner program will be held on the Second Thursday of the month – December 10 – due to a schedule conflict on the December 17 Third Thursday.)
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Photo: A view from the inside: looking out into Cave Creek Canyon, Arizona, from one of its namesakes, photo by Jonathan Patt