News Release Details

9/11/2009

EAC lecture series continues with “Who Were the Salado?”

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Lower Tonto Monument Ruin [submitted photo].
 

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Join EAC Dean Harry Swanson at EAC’s Discovery Park Campus on Saturday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room, for a free, slide show lecture about the dynamic and enigmatic Salado Horizon and its cultural manifestations, including pottery, jewelry, tools, food, and housing. This free, family-friendly program will help you to understand more about the ancient history of our Gila Valley Home.

“Within the archaeological community, both professional and avocational, there is considerable disagreement about our topic, ‘Who Were the Salado?,’” says Swanson. “Subscribing to the predominant view of University of Arizona professional archaeologists, this lecture will presume to show that the Salado were not merely a single culture that developed in the Tonto Basin and finished out its days in the Gila Valley, but, rather, the term Salado should be applied to a cultural ‘horizon,’ a period of time and geographical area in which there was an amalgamation of cultural expressions from the Anasazi, the Hohokam, the Mogollon, and the Sinagua.”

The pressures of alternating drought and flood, dynamic population size, depletion of natural resources, and decreasing health, caused these adaptable survivors to persist longer than the United States of America has existed.

For more information about this event or Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at 428-6260. –30–