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9/17/2010

College and Desert Sky Gazers present "Prehistoric Hanging Canals of the Safford Basin"

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus will present a free, family-friendly lecture on Saturday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus, entitled “Prehistoric Hanging Canals of the Safford Basin.” [EAC – Contributed Photo.]
 

By Stepanie Caffal

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College's Discovery Park Campus will present a free, family-friendly lecture on Saturday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus, entitled “Prehistoric Hanging Canals of the Safford Basin.” In this lecture, speaker Don Lancaster, noted microcomputer pioneer, researcher, and prolific author of books and magazine articles, examines the remarkable late classic prehistoric (est. 1350 AD) water management structures found in the upper Gila Valley.

“The presentation includes many photos of these prehistoric canal systems that are characterized by their being literally ‘hung’ on the edges of steep sided, gently sloping mesas where they were purposely built despite there being shorter and easier routs available,” says Discovery Park Campus director, Paul Anger.

Come and enjoy learning the “why’s and how’s” of these local prehistoric marvels of irrigation engineering. There will be door prizes, tours of the Gallery and “History of Astronomy,” Space Shuttle “Polaris” simulator rides, and public viewing of night sky objects through the 20” Tinsley Telescope, all free of charge and minutes away from home.

For more information about this event or about Discovery Park Campus, contact Anger at (928) 428-6260.

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